@TOS It is quite logical that partisans as ordinary citizens without formal military knowledge were inadequate for direct military confrontation. They have learned that lesson soon enough and evaded direct combat against larger enemy units. What makes Tito's partisans unique in the Balkans slaughterhouse and Europe too were: internationalism and determined opposition against aggressors. During the mid-20th century majority of east/middle European nations were irreconcilably confronted, ready for the war of mutual extermination. Hitler wasn't alone and perhaps not that radical as some east European nationalists. Partisans have managed to create an army consisting of members of different ethnicities and different faiths, united with the desire to free their own country. This made them the only acceptable force to take over the country after the deliberation. Unfortunately, communists hijacked the movement and ruled the country for almost 50 years. I would like to re-iterate my respect for Italians: they are the best possible aggressor if aggression is really unavoidable. There are countless instances when they prevented barbaric conflicts among the local population. Without the Italians the number of victims would have been much higher.