Caroline Moorehead

Has the role of resistance in the second world war been exaggerated?

The partisans boosted morale and provided useful intelligence to the Allies, but their contribution was not crucial, according to Halik Kochanski

Women played essential parts in every resistance movement: a commander of fiercely patriotic Yugoslav partisans inspects the rifles of women guerrillas recuperating and training at Allied rest camps in Italy in February 1944. Credit: Getty Images

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