October 28, 2012

Long live the 28th October, 1940


aeolius said...

William Shirer, an early historian of the war was of the opinion that needing to fight in Greece forced Hitler to delay his invasion of Russia. And this forced the battle for Moscow into the winter instead of the fall. Quite possibly saving Moscow.
Whatever the effect of saving Moscow had on the course of the war is speculation. But no doubt the Greek victory over Italy had a major effect on the course of the war.

George said...

Χρόνια πολλά! Ελεύθερη και δυνατή Πατρίδα!

Unknown said...

From: The Germans (Fawlty Towers):

Basil (to Polly): Listen, don't mention the war! I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it all right. [returns to the Germans] So! It's all forgotten now, and let's hear no more about it. So, that's two egg mayonnaise, a prawn Goebbels, a Hermann Goering, and four Colditz salads.

Basil: Is there something wrong?

Elder Herr: Will you stop talking about the war?

Basil: Me! You started it!

Elder Herr: We did not start it!

Basil: Yes you did — you invaded Poland.

2012: Don't mention the euro!

Michael Boblett said...


(Wish I had the proper alphabet here.) Anyhow, I'm aware of how the strong Greek showing delayed the German assault against Russia. I wish I'd been a fly on the wall hearing Hitler scold Mussolini for his impetuosity!

dave in boca said...

I followed it for about 40 minutes as a history major at U of Michigan. Narrative line weaves forward & backward & the Greek was too fast for my kitchen ti glossas. Reminds me of the Finns fighting the Stalin hordes in the Mannheim Line the next winter.

apostateimpressions said...

at Oetzi Jn.

Basil Fawlty frequently got a slap in that series and he certainly should have got one in that episode.

at Aeolius,

The effect of Mussolini's adventure on the course of WWII is debated but for sure is that the Soviets ended up over running half of Europe and slaughtering tens of millions of "reactionaries", mainly Orthodox christians and "non-revolutionary" peasants. So much for the defence of Poland (Danzig).