1. NAME OF COUNTRY: During the period covered by this book the country would be known by three different names. For no other reason I use only Yugoslavia as it was the most commonly used name by most of the people in the world. There is no political inference intended. During this period the country would have 2 kings, a regency, a boy king, and a marshal.
2. NUMBERS: Figures covering everything from population, census, Army sizes, war casualties (battle deaths, and wounded), and civilian deaths are subject to the opinions of many authors over a long period of time. Many of these people have their own axe to grind or political agenda, therefore I would suggest you take most numbers with a grain of salt..
3. RESOURCES: Some resources were written right after the war but some would be written many years after the war and could be influenced by memory. Some resources would be enlisted men, non-commissioned officers, low ranking officers, high ranking officers or even admirals. Each could have a different perspective of things. Some military secrets were not revealed for 30 plus years after the war. Troops were not allowed to keep diaries for security reasons. Some resources would be official records that were only released many years after things were over. Some information was culled from official enemy records after the war. Some records just disappeared. Some information was derived from coded intercepted German transmissions. Some information would be recovered from naval logs that were kept as a part of the normal business of naval operations. Sometimes no records ever existed and deductions must be used. Many times, two different sources would have diametrically opposed views. On many occasions they would agree almost to the letter, but with a little different flavor in the writings.
4. Remember: "One mans war hero is another mans war criminal".
5. In reading some of the resources I could tell within the first 5 to 10 pages if there was a prejudicial/ethnic slant and I judged the material accordingly, as it relates to the overall situation.
6. I have included some fables in the work, and they are so labeled. I use them because there are so many similar incidents that they don't bear repeating. They are used to set a flavor or tenor for situations.
7. The soldier on the bottom of the ladder had his own1 set of priorities. After dispatching his enemies, he would be concerned with his own survival, and lastly he would always want to be on the winning side. In this war being a loser would well be a death sentence.
8. There are many levels of involvement in the war: Leaders, warriors, good soldiers, bad soldiers, vacillators, criminals, collaborators, opportunists, accommodators,sympathizers, neutrals, anti's, refugees, and of course victims.
9. I never use all, never use always, and never, never use never.
10. Major players are listed as they became involved and list by date of birth or some other arbitrary system.
I hope you can take this book for what it is and not a political endorsement of anybody or philosophy. Komiza played a very important roll in World War Two and it's story should be told.
I accept all mistakes as my own.