Subjugation? Just say NO!
Life itself leads us to make some very tough choices. Presently in Greece, most of us are experiencing very hard times. Complete subjugation to the IMF is imminent... or not?
I think that, once more, we have to make one of those tough choices!
This anniversary, a reminder, that freedom, is and has always been an idea worth fighting for!
The following plates, part of several illustrations in my portfolio published in military history books and magazines, present Greek Army military uniform through that period (1940-1941) tribute to our forefathers, who had to make theirs, to resist (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greco-Italian_War).
Greece in World War Two (1940-1944)
The Greco-Italian War
Italian Army invaded Greece on 28 October 1940. The Greek Army successfully defeated the initial attack and the counterattack of March 1941. That victory of Greece over Italy, is considered the first victory of the Allies since the beginning of the War II.
The Operation Marita
The Battle of Greece (also known as Operation Marita, German: Unternehmen Marita) is the common name for the invasion of Greece by Germany in April 1941. It followed the Greco-Italian War.
It is usually distinguished from the Battle of Crete that came after mainland Greece had been subdued.
These operations were part of the greater Balkans Campaign of Germany in World War II.
When Operation Marita began on 6 April, the bulk of the Greek army was on the Albanian border, from which the Italians were trying to enter Greece. German troops invaded through Bulgaria, creating a second front.
Greece had already received a small reinforcement from British Commonwealth forces in anticipation of the German attack but no more help was sent after the invasion began.
The Greek army found itself vastly outnumbered in its effort to defend against both Italian and German troops. As a result, the Bulgarian defensive line did not receive adequate troop reinforcements and was quickly overrun by the Germans who then outflanked the Greek forces in the Albanian borders, forcing their surrender.
The British Commonwealth forces then performed a tactical retreat with an ultimate goal of evacuation. The German army reached the city of Athens on 27 April and Greece's southern shore on April 30 1941, capturing 7,000 British Commonwealth forces and ending the battle to their complete victory.
The conquest of Greece was completed with the capture of Crete a month later. Following its conquest, Greece was occupied by military forces of Germany, Italy, and Bulgaria.