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armaments while the Greeks possessed out of date equipment.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
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
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