In July of 1944, Life magazine photographer John Phillips spent a day in the cave of guerrilla leader Josep Broz a.k.a. “Tito,” the leader of one resistance group that was battling Nazi Germany in Yugoslavia. During the day and evening, Tito played chess with his top military aide, Arsa Yovanovich, who is off-camera in this photograph.
Tito won the game. After World War II, supported by the Soviet Union, Tito became the leader of Yugoslavia. In 1948, Yovanovich was shot at the Romanian border while trying to flee the country.