Attlee’s secret war with Stalin

Clement Attlee is widely feted today as Britain's greatest socialist leader. But, says Dan Lomas, a new side of the Labour prime minister (who died 50 years ago this month) is emerging from the archives – one of a virulent anti-communist, who was prepared to employ sabotage and subversion to take the fight to the Eastern Bloc...

British prime minister Clement Attlee reading a document in his office, 27 July 1946. (Photo by Haywood Magee/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the October 2017 issue of BBC History Magazine.

On the night of 3 October 1949, a team of well-armed anti-communists rowed ashore onto the rocky outcrops of Albania’s Karaburun Peninsula, a narrow finger of land extending into the Adriatic Sea.

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