Reading about SOE's operations in the Eastern Med has taken me deep into the preliminaries of the struggle for post-war Greece, with both EDES (Royalist) and ELAS (Communist) guerrillas a lot of the times more interested in fighting each other instead of Axis troops, but with the Reds following blindly the diktat of Moscow against anything that smelled of Greece's government-in-exile. This reminded me of a similar situation in China, with Mao's mob antagonizing the Nationalists at every step, often forgetting about the common enemy, the Japanese. What was, then, the ultimate goal of the Soviet-backed insurgent groups? Winning a civil war in the middle of a world war, to ensure post-war communist domination? Wasn't that, as we say down here, selling the skin before catching the deer? Or the master plan included the new and improved version of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, once the Western Powers where too exhausted to continue the fight?