Unconditional Surrender

WAUGH, Evelyn

INSCRIBED TO BILL DEAKIN

WAUGH, Evelyn Unconditional Surrender

Chapman & Hall, 1961.

First edition. Original blue cloth in dustwrapper. Author's presentation copy, inscribed on the front endpaper to Bill Deakin, "For Bill Souvenir of Bari from Evelyn October 1961". A fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper.

Bill Deakin was parachuted in to Yugoslavia in 1943 to make contact with Tito and his Partisans. The mission was soon taken over by Fitzroy MacLean, who set up a military air base on the Italian coastal town of Bari. It was in Bari that Waugh, along with Randolph Churchill, was stationed and where Waugh first met Deakin. Waugh seems to have taken an instant liking to Deakin, in the same way that he took an instant dislike to MacLean, and regarded Deakin as one of the unsung heroes of the Yugoslavian operation for which MacLean took much of the credit. Their friendship continued in peace time when Deakin became the first warden of St Antony's College, Oxford and was knighted in 1975.

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£2,500.00

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