Sunday, July 17, 2005

The Greek situation in January 1941

The Greek army was successfully fighting the Italians in the mountains. The Italian divisions had been reduced to two regiments from three, so they felt the lack of infantry. The Greeks were handicapped by the lack of transport and anti-tank guns. They could not risk fighting in the open field, where these deficiencies would be most exploited. The RAF bomber contigent in Greece was limited to operating against Italian lines of communication. Snow and ice was making operations difficult and dangerous. As the RAF was operating from fields near Athens, any raids into Albania were limited, due to the 200 mile distance from their operational fields to the border. Everyone expected the Germans to intervene from Bulgaria, so the tension was great.

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