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I n the light of celebrating the end of the second world war: Aegean Macedonian Strike Brigade entering liberated Bitola in 1944.

09 May, 20:51
I n the light of celebrating the end of the second world war:  Aegean Macedonian Strike Brigade entering liberated Bitola in 1944.

Combined forces: National Liberation Army of Macedonia (NOVM) and Partizans: 1941-44 & National Liberation Front (NOF) - ethnic Macedonians living under Greek rule. 1941-44.

Fought the Germany Army, Fascist Italy (1941-43), German ally the Kingdom of Bulgaria (1941-44), and Albanian collaborators the Bali Kombetar (Balisti).

German forces finally defeated on 23 November 1944 and evacuated from Macedonia to Srem in Serbia in a desperate battle for the Germans to hold open the evacuation route of their army from the Balkans before being cut off by the Soviet Red Army.

The German Army had withdrawn from Salonika (Solun) by October 1944 with the British still in Athens and poised to reinstate Greek rule...in the north of the country...eventually led to the Greek Civil War in 1946-49.

Women for the first time were permitted to play a leading combat role in Macedonia as they joined the Partizan resistance movement during World War II.

Photo: Aegean Macedonian Strike Brigade entering liberated Bitola in 1944.

 

Total numbers of NOVM by 1945: ranges from 65,000 to 85,000 without the NOF numbers. With NOF component probably 100,000 plus. For a very small population base, large contribution with little aid from outside.

By Sasha Uzunov

source: Шило

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