(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – David Smiley https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Smiley is the author of three books. Albanian Assignment: The Memoir of an SOE Agent in World War Two was published in 2020 Originally published in 1984). It is the first volume in his Extraordinary Life of Colonel David Smiley series. It is the 27th book I completed reading in 2023.
I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com with the expectation of a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own! Due to scenes of violence, I categorize this book as R.
In 1943 as a member of SOE, David Smiley was dropped by parachute into Greece and made his way to Albania. This book is his memoir from that assignment.
He spent much of his time in the field dealing with the mostly communist partisans and the rebels. They often fought each other as often as they fought the Germans. He was forced to deal extensively with the politics of the region.
I enjoyed the 6 hours I spent reading this 216-page WWII history. I find that memoirs from the war period are always interesting. They usually give a personal perspective on the period. I like the vintage photo used as the cover art. I give this novel a rating of 3,7 (rounded to 4) out of 5.
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If you have an interest in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest.
- The “World War II Resources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 610 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and other sources with information on the World War II era in history.
- The “World War II Timeline” page expands frequently and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
- The “About WWII” page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII. Included are links to many fiction and non-fiction books on WWII that I have read and reviewed. There are also links to WWII oriented podcasts.