Wednesday, July 27, 2005

The German army moves towards Greece

The German plan was for the 12th Army to move into Bulgaria starting on February 7th, 1941, but the bad weather and ice on the Danube slowed the process. Now, the attack on Greece would happen in early April. The attack on Russia, Barbarossa, was already in preparation. Hitler had wanted to be ready to attack Russia by May 15th, but the coup d'etat in Yugoslavia on March 27th, 1941, roiled the waters. Barbarrosa would now be delayed about a month, into at least mid-June. The situation in Greece actually aided General O'Connor, and gained him time to push the Italians out of eastern Libya (Cyrenaica).

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