1944_Michael Padev – ‘Escape From The Balkans’, London

1944_Michael Padev - 'Escape From The Balkans', London

Once we reached Macedonia, what struck us most was the ease
and zest with which the Macedonian underground battled against
the Bulgarian occupying authorities. We stayed there a week and
not a night went by without fighting in the streets. It was the same
in Bitolj, which the Bulgarian nationalists claim as ‘the most
Bulgarian of all Macedonian towns.’ We found the people there
as anti-Bulgarian as they are everywhere in Macedonia. They had
organized several groups which at intervals retired into the
mountains for training. They were extremely well organized and
in contact with all the guerrillas in Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and