The story of how the Soviets occupied Eastern Europe at the end of the Second World War. Stalin effectively runs an empire that runs from Central Europe to the Pacific Ocean an empire greater than that of any Russian Czar. The story of how in 1948 the Czech Communist gain power in that country. A biography of the Czech Communist leader Gottwald.
Lack of support from Stalin forces Tito to withdraw from Trieste in 1945. However in 1946 a crisis over control of the city flares up after the Yugoslavs shot down two American planes, war seems possible. However Stalin refuse to back Tito who is forced to back down. A further crisis over Trieste occurs in 1953 when the Americans and British agree to hand the City over to the Italians.
At the end of the Second World War Churchill and Truman agree to send the Second New Zealand Division on a race to reach the city of Trieste before the Yugoslav Communist can reach. However the Yugoslav Communist do capture Trieste and a battle with the remaining German forces. A biography of General Peter Drapsin the commander of the Yugoslav Fourth Army whose troops occupy Trieste.
The largest and mostly costly battle of the Greek Civil War takes places in August 1949 in the Vitsi and Grammos mountain range, it results in a victory for the Greek Government forces. The Greek Communists could have carried on the war but Stalin has the Albanian and Bulgarian Governments disarm the Greek Communists due to his fears of provoking an alliance between Greece, Yugoslavia and the United States which could bring down the Communist regime in Albania. A brief history of Greece since the Civil War and the story of how the key Greek figures of the war carried on after the war.
The most important factor in the defeat of the Greek Communist was the spilt between Yugoslavian leader Tito and Stalin. A biography of Tito and a the nature of the spilt. The Greek Communist support Stalin in the dispute and in July 1949 the Yugoslavs close the border and close down Greek Communist bases in Yugoslavia. The military campaign in the summer of 1949 is told and the preparations for the major Battle of Grammos which features in the next episode.