Monday, November 28, 2005

The British plan for unit arrival in Greece in March and April 1941

The British plan was for a phased arrival of units in Greece. This was probably necessitated by the realities of transport availability. This was the order:
  1. 1st Armoured Brigade Group-Brigadier H.V.S. Charrington
  2. The New Zealand Division-Major-General Bernard Freyberg
  3. The 6th Australian Division-Major-General Sir Iven Mackay
Along with these would be interwined:
  • The Force HQ
  • HQ 1st Australian Corps-Lt-General Thomas Blamey
  • two medium regiments, Royal Artillery
  • corps, base, and line of communication troops
To follow would be the 7th Australian Division and the Polish Brigade. More than 31,000 men had been carried to Greece by the end of March 1941. This is based on the account in Vol.II of the Official History.

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