A Yugoslav-Albanian war sometime during the Cold War

Futurist

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May 2014
21,197
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#1
What would have happened had a Yugoslav-Albanian war broke out sometime during the Cold War as a result of Albanian irredentism and Albania's desire to acquire Kosovo, western Macedonia, and the southeastern tip of Montenegro due to their Albanian-majority population?



In other words, Albania would do something similar to what Somalia attempted to do during the Ogaden War in 1977-1978 when it unsuccessfully attempted to conquer the Somali-majority region of Ogaden from Ethiopia following a Marxist coup in Ethiopia in 1974. You can decide when exactly during the Cold War this Yugoslav-Albanian war actually occurs--though personally, I think that the odds would have been the highest in the early 1950s when Soviet-Yugoslav tensions were extremely high and the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia were essentially fighting an informal war with over 100 casualties on the Yugoslav side.

Anyway, how would a Yugoslav-Albanian war have turned out? Would the Soviet Union and/or any of its Warsaw Pact allies militarily intervene in Yugoslavia on Albania's behalf or help Albania in any way? Also, who would have won this war and what would the aftermath of this war have looked like? In addition, would this war have any long-term effects on the immediate neighborhood and/or on other parts of the world?
 
Sep 2012
3,886
Bulgaria
#2
After Stalin's death there was a movement to oust the second world's leaders because they were considered 'Stalinist'/ this was an struggle with cult of personality era all over eastern Europe, so Hoxha as an old time leader was an obvious target for removal. A split happened between him and the Soviets, and Albania withdrew its support for WP in 1961 and formally left the defense alliance in 1968. So the time when these events described in the above post happened is important and you gonna have three, or at least two scenarios, for example before 1961 total 100% support for Albania against the bloody renegades, heh.
 
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Futurist

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May 2014
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SoCal
#3
After Stalin's death there was a movement to oust the second world's leaders because they were considered 'Stalinist'/ this was an struggle with cult of personality era all over eastern Europe, so Hoxha as an old time leader was an obvious target for removal. A split happened between him and the Soviets, and Albania withdrew its support for WP in 1961 and formally left the defense alliance in 1968. So the time when these events described in the above post happened is important and you gonna have three, or at least two scenarios, for example before 1961 total 100% support for Albania against the bloody renegades, heh.
Well, what do you think would have happened in each of these three scenarios?
 
Sep 2012
3,886
Bulgaria
#4
This is kinda David vs Goliath speculative military conflict. There are plenty of them in the real history where the little guy won like the winter war between Finns and the Soviets, Arab–Israeli War of 1948, Vietnam war between North Vietnam & VC and South Vietnam & the United States etc. Regarding this one i dont dare to speculate / all i know that after 1968 Tito is gonna eat Hoxha alive.
 
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Futurist

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May 2014
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#5
Is Tito going to go for regime change in Albania if the war occurs in 1968? If so, will he actually be able to pull it off or is there going to be a years-long insurgency in Albania against Yugoslavia similar to what happened in regards to the Khmer Rouge and the Taliban after they were ousted?
 

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