|"Ready for the Fatherland" |
POD: February 19, 1943
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Nationality:||Serb resident of Croatia|
|Date of Birth:||c. 1929|
"Bogdan" (probably an alias) was an agent of the Serb resistance movement fighting against Ustashi-controlled Croatia. In July 1979, after Serbia's traditional ally, the Soviet Union, cut ties with the Serbs, Bogdan's group contacted the British government in the hopes that the West would become Serbia's new arms dealer. Bogdan met with two British agents, George Smith and Peter Drinkwater, one night in Trsat Castle in Rijeka, Croatia. After closing a deal to sell Bogdan various weapons, a group of Croatian Ustashi raided the meeting, injuring Bogdan before taking him into custody.
In truth, the Englishmen had set Bogdan up as a favor to Croatia's ally Nazi Germany, to secure access to German oil in the North Sea. The Soviet Union had recently been creating trouble in the Middle East, leaving British access to oil there uncertain.
Bogdan faced torture at the hands of Croatian authorities.