Eastern Approaches () is an autobiographical account of the early career of Fitzroy Maclean. It is divided into three parts: his life as a junior diplomat in. Buy Eastern Approaches (Penguin World War II Collection) by Fitzroy MaClean ( ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and. Eastern Approaches has ratings and 97 reviews. Here Fitzroy Maclean recounts his extraordinary adventures in Soviet Central Asia, in the Western.

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King Peter, quite naturally, eaastern not easy to reassure, and Tito, sitting in Belgrade with all the cards in his hand, was not easy to satisfy. Maclean parachutes into Yugoslavia as an envoy to the Partisans eaxtern an Italian, I’m accustomed to calling all resistance groups “partisans,” and so find the Yugoslavia usage in which it refers to a specific, Communist-led group confusingand eaxtern persuade the British to switch support from another, less-effective resistance group, the Chetniks, to the Partisans though according to Wiki, intel from decoded signals was the main factor in the switch in support.

Yet there is something very much more to it than just that. Maclean was sent to find him; he was believed to be bathing in the Bay of Naples. View all 6 comments. The show trials in were particularly disturbing.

Eastern Approaches

Maclean commented wryly, “He was not an easy man to keep fitzrooy from”. Jul 06, John Farebrother rated it it was amazing. One of my favourite books of all time. Eastenr a jerk my parachute opened and I found myself dangling, as it were at the end of a string, high above a silent mountain valley, greenish-grey and misty in the light of the moon.

He was sent back to collect two Yugoslav liasison officers who had not been allowed to come out with him on the first Navy pick-up.

The drive back was uneventful, but appriaches Cairo, Maclean, along with most of his party, was seriously injured in a crash and spent months out of action. He crossed the border into China, where he was refused permission to continue; he was forced approacges return to Alma Aty, whence he was expelled. He wants to see Tashkent and Samarkand.


Bukharin, friend of Lenin Excellent, amusing, in some places terrifying account of a British diplomat-turned-soldier whose curiosity nearly kills him, repeatedly. Retrieved from ” https: The first part of his book of his time as an ex What a fascinating career! To disagree, even mentally, with the leaders of the Party on some minor point of doctrine was as unforgivable as to commit a seemingly greater crime, as to plan their physical destruction.

Jul 04, Exstern rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is evident equally in his descriptions of the victims and fihzroy actors of war displaced Croatian women, captured German and Bulgarian soldiers, exhausted Soviets as it is to major historical figures Tito and Churchill amongst politicians; King George VI and King Peter of Yugoslavia amongst royalty; David Stirling and Lord Alexander amongst soldiers.

He was clearly smitten with the Balkans, and talks glowingly of the people, the food, and the fitzryo. This common experience had overcome all differences of class or race or temperament and forged between them lasting bonds of loyalty and affection. The second part of the book tells of MacLeans exploits in the Middle East.

May 03, Maya Chhabra rated it liked it. Maclean accompanied him on this, his first public appearance outside his own country. His bravery in North Africa is astonishing. Views Read Edit View history. Whatever the case we are soon accompanying him on one of three great journeys he undertakes during his time in the USSR; and I defy anyone whose soul contains maclewn a trace of the romantic not to fall in with his boyish enthusiasm for forbidden and difficult fitzrot.

The project was soon shelved, so Maclean accepted an invitation from David Stirling to join the newly formed Special Air Service. The tone varies noticeably between each section too — more travelogue in Russia, more military report in Yugoslavia.

This journey, unlike the previous two, was at the request of the British government. Apprroaches with This Book.

Eastern Approaches by Fitzroy MacLean

Maclean, who hated telephone conversations, managed to wring amusement from the mix-ups of codes and scrambling. An enthralling narrative, brilliantly told, “Eastern Approaches” is also a vivid personal view of episodes that have already become part of history.


This is an account of a man who found himself right in the thick of things which adds some spice to the book. It looked, I thought, invitingly cool and refreshing after the sand and glare of North Africa. He wanted to be back in the action, and it looked as if the Germans were planning to withdraw from Yugoslavia. Basically Churchill told him not to worry about that and to focus only on the Germans.

The Partisan headquarters eqstern to the village of Drvarwhere Tito took up residence in a cave with a waterfall. Later on in the programme, Maclean justifies his confidence that he would survive on a desert island. Maclean spent the winter working in Moscow and amusing himself at the dacha country cottage of American friends, including Chip Bohlen.

In the spring ofhe took a trial trip, malcean south from Moscow to Baku on the Caspian Sea. Eventually,as circumstances allowed, this was followed by air support fitzzroy eventually troops on the ground. Maclean obtained and trained a platoon of Seaforth Highlanders to cover his retreat, and the plan went like clockwork. He also possessed a Protean adaptability and an almost unbelievable level of sangfroid.

He had an insatiable appetite fo A terrific memoir and travelogue. Maclean’s convoy drove to the Gebel across the Sand Sea at its narrowest point, Zighenand made it there undetected, although “bazaar gossip” from an Arab spy indicated that the enemy expected an imminent attack. His own Golden Road takes him to places no outsider had visited for decades, places of magical, mystical memory; Bokhara and Tashkent; Samarkand and Chinese Turkestan I know, I had to look it up too!

Plomley, unusually, offers in addition that same title in English. A jolly good adventure tale! From Tashkent, which then had a reputation for wickedness, he made the final leg to the fabled city of Samarkand.

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