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"Oxi" (cont'd)

The Greek positions on the Albanian border were very weak, and it was believed that the Greek front would completely collapse within a matter of days.  Italy was a country that possessed the newest armaments while the Greeks possessed out of date equipment.

The Greeks  though showed no fear at the sign of such technological prowess of the Italian army. The Greeks went heroically to fight against the Italians as they had done throughout centuries against other invaders with the same insurmountable odds.  

Within a few days the unbelievable happened with the world watching on in amazement.  The Greek army weak compared to the Italian army was defeating it.  The Italians expecting an easy entry into Greece were now withdrawing in a panic in an unorganized fashion from the Greek border.

The victories of the Greeks continued with each victory urging on the Greeks to further victories.  The Greeks would capture the Italian weapons and use them against the Italians!  The Greek nation had been swept into such enthusiasm that was unimaginable.

The Greeks of the unfortunate Northern Epirus did everything they could to support the Greek army as it entered Albania.  The Italians not only had to fight the Greek army but had to deal with a very large community of Greeks that lived in Albania behind their lines that was unfriendly!  

The victories of the Greeks shone light on the world on what a nation will sacrifice for its freedom. Everybody man, woman, and child did whatever they could to help Greece in its war against Italy.  The Greeks of Northern Epirus/South Albania would bring food and armaments to the Greek soldiers, and give them shelter in their houses.

Upon entering cities such as Saranda Ecclisies, Argyrokastro, Koritsa etc.  The Greek army would meat people cheering and waving the Greek flags as if they were liberating Greece.  In fact they were they were liberating the Greeks of Northern Epirus!

The whole world watched in amazement and said the words of  Winston Churchill, "From now on we will not say that the Greeks fight like Heroes, but that Heroes fight like Greeks."

In order to avoid a disaster Germany came to the aid of Italy on April 1941.  The result of Germany entering the war in the Balkans would cost her two precious months in "Operation Barbarossa", the invasion of Russia.  Two months that Germany could not afford to lose as the Russian winter would soon set in.    


Other Greek Historic Events:  

  • The Balkan Wars During these wars that occurred in the early 20th century Greece managed to double its' territory and population.
  • Katoxi A sad time in modern Greek history when Greece was occupied by the Axis forces between 1941-1944.
  • Article on the Asia Minor Disaster (by the New York Times) A great disaster for Hellenism, the forced expulsion and murder of millions of Greeks in Turkey in the early 20th century.


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