Tuesday, July 26, 2005
The Germans prepared to attack Greece in early 1941
After the beginning of 1941, German forces moved into Rumania through Hungary. The attack on Greece had been authorized by Hitler on December 13th, 1940. Ostensibly, the reason was to keep Britain out of the Balkans, where they would be a threat to both Italy and Rumania, a major source of oil for the Germans. The Germans would use the 12th Army and Fliegerkorps VIII. Fliegerkorps VIII would be equipped with 39-Ju88, 114 Ju87, 83 Me109, and 38 Me110. That was not a huge force, but the opposition that they would face would be weak, as well. One component of the 12th Army would have four panzer divisions. This is based on the account in Vol.I of the Official History.