Montreal Gazette, 26 November 1957, page 3
Maclean Chief Claims Tito ‘Fairly Successful’
Sir Fitzroy Maclean, the British soldier who dropped behind German lines in Yugoslavia by parachute during the Second World War to organize guerilla resistance said yesterday he believes Josip Brost Tito has been ‘fairly successful’ in maintaining Yugoslav independence.
Sir Fitzroy, who now sits in the House of Commons and is president of the Clan Maclean Association visited Montreal briefly en-route to New York. He returns Thursday to be guest of honour at the St Andrew’s Society Ball in the Windsor Hotel.
“I think since his break with the Russians, Tito’s main objective is to retain his independence. That I believe he has managed to do,” said Sir Fitzroy.
“Now, he is trying to have good relations with East and West and it is not always easy for him to do so.”
Sir Fitzroy advised Winston Churchill that all their support should go to the then unknown Tito. “Today, I think this was right, as I did then,” he said.
“I think it was always right militarily because my direct concern was to support anyone fighting the enemy. But since I think it has turned out to have been quite a wise decision politically, as well. I believe it showed Tito that it was possible for him to find help elsewhere than from the Russians without sacrificing his independence.”
The British MP, brigadier and author, arrived with Lady Maclean aboard Trans Canada Air Lines. They left shortly after for New York where a speaking engagement and two television appearances await Sir Fitzroy.
Ball officials meanwhile announced that Lady Maclean, a daughter of the 14th Baron Lovat, will wear a century-old tartan velvet dress found by her mother in an attic at Beaufort, the family manor recently.
Lady Maclean wore the dress at the Caledonia Ball in Paris and according to her, “It stood up quite well to the Dior gowns also being worn.”
Sir Fitzroy’s personal and clan flags arrive here via TCA this week.