Enver Hoxha was a good Marxist-Leninist whose leadership enabled the Albanians to fight off the Italians and the Germans without outside help.
His theoretical and political work shed a great deal of light on the relations between the Albanians, the Soviets, the Yugoslav and the Chinese.
The leadership of the PLA also allowed the Albanians to fight off a CIA/MI6 attempt to reestablish Zog at the end of world war 2.
From Albania Defiant:
“The CIA dropped some of its agents here. Flew them in from Italy and dropped them by parachute. But we got them. They had some fine radio equipment. They were going to set up a base here in Albania. At that time my brother was in the Central Committee and said he thought we ought to be ableto have some fun out of the CIA too. Everyone agreed. After all, we’d gotten their radios and their codes and all the rest of it. So we informed the CIA in Rome that the revolt was going fine. All we needed was more weapons. And the CIA flew in bazookas and gelignite and all kinds of weapons. And themore they sent, the more successes we reported back. We let the CIA fly in one consignment of weapons after another, and as soon as they came flying in, we snapped them up.
They were good weapons. And cheap, too. But in the end even the CIA noticed something was amiss. They’d flown in masses of weapons and still nothing was happening in Albania.Then we told them how we’d been putting them on.Transmitted it in their own code. And then we tapped out Ha-ha-ha.”