[Kamnik Region of Central Slovenia], 1944. Octavo (XX × XX cm). Original mimeographed wrappers with hand-colored illustration and manuscript additions; 12 pp. of mimeographed text to rectos and versos. Unbound as issued. Very good, save for loss of lower right wrapper corner.
Scarce, mimeographically illustrated periodical surreptitiously published by Slovenian Partisan fighters in June 1944, somewhere near the front lines of the anti-fascist war effort. This is issue no. 1 of four printed. The Slovenian partisans were part of a larger Yugoslav resistance movement, the most successful anti-Nazi force to emerge on Axis-occupied territory. The first resistance groups arose in 1941, in response to the new Nazi-puppet government of the Independent State of Croatia. Using guerilla warfare tactics, sabotage, and a makeshift, yet highly effective underground printing and propaganda effort, the partisans scored key victories and eventually swelled to a 110.000 people-strong force, the largest and most successful of the Yugoslav partisan troops. This periodical was published by the Kamnik-Sava Valley Division of the Partisan troops. It features a hand-illustrated mimeographed cover design showing a partisan holding a rifle, and numerous decorative mimeographed headers and smaller illustrations throughout. The contents include tributes to dead partisans, original poems and humor, usually aimed at the Germans. Produced in small numbers, using low-quality stock and crude forms of reproduction technologies, publications by the Yugoslav partisans are rare today. The 1964 Bibliografija indicates that only two Yugoslav institutions hold copies of this title, though no complete runs and no copies of this first issue. Bibliografija 303, no. 4262. This title was not included in the 2017 catalog, "The Partisans: The Underground Society" (by Dasa Pahor and Alexander Johnson). Not located in KVK, OCLC. Book ID: 49071