Australian Army Campaign Series No. 13: Greece, February to April 1941
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Media: BOOK - paperback, 196 pages
Author: M. Tyquin
Other: b&w & colour photos, maps, further reading, glossary, index
Publisher: Army History Unit
As with the failed attempt to seize the Gallipoli peninsula in 1915, the allied campaign to assist Greece against a seemingly invincible German juggernaut was poorly conceived and probably doomed even as plans were made to assist that country. Like an campaign, however, it holds lessons for the contemporary student of strategy, tactics and history.
Greece presented singular geographic difficulties for the defending forces, its mountainous defiled dictating the distribution of ports, road and rail routes. The primitive state of the national infrastructure did little to help a long-term defensive posture. Operations in Greece proved to be a nightmare, particularly for logistics units, which struggled with primitive communication systems in rugged terrain over which the enemy enjoyed total air superiority.
Poor liaison between the Greek and Commonwealth forces did not help matters, nor was the force deployed adequate for its task. The allies never enjoyed air superiority, nor could they consolidate any in-depth defence in time to be effective. The official British history of the campaign stated that the "British campaign on the mainland of Greece was from start to finish a withdrawal.'
1. The Political and Strategic Background
2. Operation Marita and the Planned Allied Response
3. The First Phase, and Allied Withdrawal
4. The Last Days
5. The Evacuation
6. Naval and Aviation Support
7. Assessment and Observations
Appendix A. Greek (Hellenic) Army Order of Battle 6 April 1941