Albania in WW2 question?

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Felix C
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Albania in WW2 question?

Post by Felix C » 07 May 2018 20:36

Other than being occupied by the Italians and being used as the launching base for the Italian invasion of Greece have not heard much else of Albania in the war?

Did they have a partisan movement like Yugoslavia? Pro-Axis units serve outside of Albania?

Collaborative Axis power or occupied country with a little bit of everything?

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Re: Albania in WW2 question?

Post by South » 07 May 2018 23:11

Good afternoon Felix,

A couple of head notes that's really a sidebar;

Believe Mother Teresa was born in Albania.

During Cold War, involving NATO/US disestablishment of Yugoslavia, Albania provided support to NATO/US.

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Duson Mugosha and Miladin Popovic founded the Albanian Communist Party. Their chief - Party Secretary - was Enver Hoxha. This group established 8 Nov 41 at a secret Tirana meeting.

Above CP org was the nucleus of the National Liberation Movement that met 16 Sep 1942 for the purpose of coordinating the various guerrilla bands active against the Italian occupiers. This National Liberation Movement was known as "Partisans". In July, 1943, they made the successful efforts to strengthen their CP organization.

Albania had a full scale civil war Sep 43 to Nov 44. Besides Hoxha's CP, there were the Balli Kombetar and the "Legality Movement" (I have no notes on the Legality Movement).

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Above info, less my notes and articles that ruined the bookbinding,is from (US Army) Area Handbook for Albania, DA Pam 550-98, Jan 1971, Library of Congress Catalog Number 73-609651.

Hope above has some iota of value for research.


~ Bob
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Re: Albania in WW2 question?

Post by zaptiè » 08 May 2018 11:56

Mother Teresa was etnic albanian, but born in Macedonia.

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Re: Albania in WW2 question?

Post by zaptiè » 08 May 2018 12:09

a lot ofAlbanians units where raised by Ialian : several infantry btg and legions of black shirts and also a Btg of Royal Guards was sent in Rome for cerimonia duty . Several Albnians served individually in all branch of italian Army Army Navy, Air force and Police. Carabinieri ( Military Police) and Guardia di Finanza( customs- border police) in Alnia have mixted Italian- Albanian personal.
No problems for italians until summer 1943.

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Re: Albania in WW2 question?

Post by Sid Guttridge » 08 May 2018 12:42

Hi Felix C.,

Yes, they not only had Communist partisan units of up to brigade size, but royalist units (under Abas Kupi?) as well. The latter were overwhelmed by the former in 1944.

Albania was an occupied country from April 1939 and the Germans replaced the Italians there in late 1943. As the Germans withdrew the Communist partisans in particular helped speed them on their way.

Cheers,

Sid.

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Re: Albania in WW2 question?

Post by South » 08 May 2018 14:47

Good morning Zaptia,

Appreciate the more accurate identification in re Mother Teresa.


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Re: Albania in WW2 question?

Post by Felix C » 08 May 2018 16:22

Thx everyone. I have a recent Albanian family move as neighbors. Former senior military. Thought to ask before inviting over. Visitors will see all of the WW2 titles on the bookshelves. Always good to know in advance what to expect.

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Re: Albania in WW2 question?

Post by Cakalarov » 12 May 2018 10:28

In Albania hase bin developed one of the strongest resistance movements in Europe during the Second World War, led by the Communist Party of Albania, although many Albanians also collaborated with Fascist Italy and the Third Reich.

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