| "Ready for the Fatherland" |
POD: February 19, 1943
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
Peter Drinkwater, code name Pietro Bevacqua, was a British Intelligence agent. In 1979, he and fellow agent George Smith traveled to Rijeka, Croatia to meet a Serb partisan who wished to purchase British armaments. Traveling in the guise of Italian fishermen, Drinkwater and Smith met a Serb known as Bogdan, in a church late one night. Bogdan was not happy at the prospect of dealing with the West, but his group had been betrayed by the Soviet Union who had stood idly by. After the Englishmen closed a deal to sell Bogdan various weapons, a group of Croatian secret police raided the meeting, injuring Bogdan.
In truth, Drinkwater and Smith set Bogdan up as a favor to Croatia's ally Germany, to secure access to German oil in the North Sea. The Soviet Union had recently gained exclusive access to the Middle East, leaving Britain with few options.