Tuesday, July 19, 2005
The Balkans in January 1941
When General Wavell went to Athens on January 13th, 1941, everyone expected that the Germans were poised to intervene in Greece. The Greek army was short of transport, AA and anti-tank guns, as well as such a basic thing as clothing for the troops. General Wavell was able to respond by diverting a shipment that had just arrived in Egypt to Greece with transport. He also suggested sending the captured Italian vehicles to Greece, as well. The Greeks estimated that there were six German divisions in southern Rumania. There were four Bulgarian divisions poised, on the border with Greece, as well. General Wavell offered to send some token forces to Greece: 2 field artillery regiments, 1 or 2 medium regiments, 1 tank regiment with cruiser tanks, and only one or two AA batteries. The Greeks declined the offer. This is based on the account in Vol.I of the Official History.