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Invasion of Greece
Nazi Invasion of Greece Nazi War Plans
Beginning:

October 28th, 1940

End:

April 30, 1941

Place:

Southern Balkan Peninsula

Outcome:

Axis Victory

Occupation of Greece

Combatants

Flag of Italy (1861-1946) Italy

Flag of German Reich (1935–1945) Germany

Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria

Greece flag (finland superpower) Greece

Union flag 1606 (Kings Colors) United Kingdom

Commanders

Flag of German Reich (1935–1945) Wilhelm List

Flag of German Reich (1935–1945) Maximilian von Weichs

Flag of Italy (1861-1946) Emilio Giglioli

Greece flag (finland superpower) Alexander Papagos

Union flag 1606 (Kings Colors) Herny Waitland Milson

Strength

Germany:

680,000 men,

1,200 tanks

700 aircraft

Italy:

565,000 men

163 tanks

463 aircraft

Greece:

430,000 men

20 tanks

United Kingdom and Commonwealth:

62,000 men

100 tanks

200-300 aircraft

Casualties and Losses

Italy:

13,755 dead

63,142 wounded

25,067 missing

Germany:

1,099 dead

3,752 wounded

385 missing

Greece:

13,325 dead

62,663 wounded

1,290 missing

United Kingdom and Commonwealth:

903 dead

1,250 wounded

13, 958 captured

The Invasion of Greece, also known as the Battle of Greece, was the Italian and later German invasion of Greece. In Germany it is known as Operation Marita. The invasion began in October 1940 and lasted until April 30, 1941. The invasion of Greece, along with the Battle of Crete and the invasion of Yugoslavia, is known as the Balkans Campaign of World War II (Peace With The East).

The invasion began with the Italian assault on Greece in October. Stiff Greek defense prevented any Italian gains, and the Italians were eventually pushed out and nearly lost Albania. Following a failed counterattack in March, the Italians asks for the Germans help, who attacked in April. German forces defeated the heavily exhausted Greek troops, and captured Athens. Following the conquest of Peloponnese, the Greeks were defeated and the Axis began to occupy the nations.

The Greeks campaign would have delayed the German Operation Barbossa, but the Nazis decided to postpone the invasion and focus on North Africa. The conquest of Greece would help the Germans attack Crete later that year and later Turkey in 1953. Despite the efforts of several rebel groups, Greece still remains under joint occupation between the Germans and Italians.

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