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The German invasion of Greece

01.04.2016 in History

The German invasion of Greece    April 1941. World War II divided Europe into the Axis powers (Germany, Italy, Japan) and the Allies. After the unsuccessful invasion of Fascist Italy in Greece (October 1940-April 1941), the German forces attacked the Greek territory by land and air. Compared to the unprepared and frivolous Italian invasion, the Nazi military machine was more than a considerable enemy. This German operation was part of a wider campaign to occupy the Balkan Peninsula. German dictator Adolf Hitler used this as a defensive strategy before assaulting Russia. However, the renowned German Blitzkrieg (lightning war) came against the…