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Greece WW2 Timeline

Authored By Dan Alex | Last Updated: 12/10/2014

Greece put up a valiant defense against combined efforts of Italy and Germany.

There are a total of 25 WW2 Greece Timeline Events. Entries are listed below by date of occurrence ascending and are gathered from the overall SwwH site database as they relate to their particular series events.


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1940
Tuesday
October 15th

Unknown to the Germans, the Italians decide on an operation to invade Greece.

1940
Monday
October 28th

An Italian force of 70,000 soldiers invades Greece.

1940
Monday
October 28th

The Italian government issues an ultimatum to Greece to accept occupation or war.

1940
Monday
October 28th

Italian forces begin launching attacks into Greece from positions in Albania.

1940
Wednesday
October 30th - October 31st

British forces begin to occupy positions on the island of Crete.

1940
Sunday
November 10th

The Italian invasion force is in full retreat, repelled by a combined Greek resistance and RAF effort after just two weeks.

1940
Sunday
November 10th

Italian General Ubaldo Soddu succeeds General Sabasiano Viscounti-Prasca as Commander-in-Chief over operations from Albania into Greece.

1940
Thursday
November 14th - November 22nd

A combined British-Greek force begins an offensive against the Italians in Greece, forcing the invaders into retreat.

1941
Friday
February 14th

Bulgaria agrees to allow Germany use of its soil bordering Greece for the upcoming invasion.

1941
Wednesday
February 19th - February 23rd

Allied authorities meet in Cairo, Egypt to review the situation in Greece. It is agree upon to commit some 100,000 British soldiers to the fighting.

1941
Wednesday
March 5th

The first elements of British reinforcements departs Egyptian shores en route to the Balkan Front.

1941
Sunday
March 9th

The Italians launch a new offensive in Greece to recover lost ground.

1941
Saturday
April 5th

The number of British troops having arrived in Greece numbers 58,000.

1941
Sunday
April 6th

Operation Marita - the dual Germany invasion of Greece and Yugoslavia - is put into action. Twenty-four total divisions are involved, including some 1200 tanks.

1941
Wednesday
April 9th

The German 12th Army encircles and defeats the Greek defensive line known as the "Metaxas Line".

1941
Wednesday
April 9th

The German Army moves on and captures the strategic port city of Salonika.

1941
Thursday
April 10th - April 16th

Three divisions of British, Australian and New Zealand troops at the Aliakmon Line in the Vermion Mountains are defeated.

1941
Saturday
April 12th

Vermion Line Allied troops are now redeployed to defensive positions around Mount Olympus.

1941
Monday
April 14th

The German Army destroys Yugoslavian forces at Monistar Gap, clearing a path into Greece. Greece units fighting in Albania are effectively cut off.

1941
Wednesday
April 16th

Allied forces in Greece are in full retreat at the request of Greek General Alexander Papagos who sees value is less fighting to save his country from total destruction. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill accepts the request.

1941
Sunday
April 20th

The Greek Army surrenders to the Germans and Italians.

1941
Saturday
April 26th

German airborne elements attempt to capture the bridge over the Corinth Canal in an attempt to encircle the retreating allies. The bridge is lost in the attack while the Allies have already moved on.

1941
Sunday
April 27th

Axis forces officially occupy Athens, effectively signaling the end of Greek resistance.

1941
Sunday
April 27th - April 30th

Operation Demon is activated, covering the evacuation of some 51,000 Allied troops from southern Greece via the Royal Navy.

1941
Tuesday
May 20th

Between 1:30 and 2:00 PM, the second wave of German airborne troops take off from Greece towards drop zones in Crete.