Five major groups fought one another in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Second World War: The German and Italian occupiers, the Serbian Chetniks, the Ustasha of the Independent State of Croatia, the Bosnian Muslims, and the Tito-led Partisans. The aims, policies, and actions of each group are examined in light of their own documents and those of rival groups. This work shows how the Partisans prevailed over other groups because of their ideological appeal, superior discipline, and success in winning the support of large numbers of uncommitted Bosnians, particularly the Bosnian Muslims.
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Enver Redzic, born in 1915, joined the Partisans during the Second World War and attended key wartime Partisan political councils. After retiring from other work, he earned his doctorate in history in 1975 and has since written 15 books regarding nationality issues in Yugoslavia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.