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Broadcasting date: 25-10-2007
Title :
HITLER'S GREECE - Part 1: FROM ALBANIA TO CRETE
Subject :
GREEK HISTORY

 

1st EPISODE: FROM ALBANIA TO CRETE

Thursday 25 of October, at 10 am

 

 

At 5.30 pm of the 28th of October, the Italian forces assault Greece at the Albanian borders. The invaders are armipotents and the British military attach predicts a “Greek catastrophe”.

 

Greeks, though, have a different opinion. By the beginning of the war, many demonstrations take place in Greece. In Athens, demonstrators destroy Alitalia’s offices and bear to the British embassy. The say, “Give us guns”.

 

Manolis Glezos and Apostolis Santas, 18 years old - university students then, ask to go to the front but they are not allowed due to their age. They and their fellow students will be offered to go to the frontline of the war, instead of the civil servants.

 

Giannis Anastopoulos shares his gun with another soldier, but they are placed in different units and Anastopoulos will fight unarmed.

 

The first group to fight the Italians is the small group of Pindos, leaded by colonel Dabakis. The Greek army not only manages to stop the invaders, but also counters. Within 20 days, the front is transferred to Albania.

 

Mussolini, is being object of ridicule and at theaters, burlesques are being performed. In one of them star the Kalouta sisters and Sofia Vembo. Anna Kalouta remembers the moment when they learnt about the occupation of Koritsa. The performance stopped and both actors and audience started singing the national anthem.

 

The Greek army counts 13.000 deaths but the Italian forces lose. Everything will change on April 6th, when Hitler commands war to Greece. Germans invade through Yugoslavia and Bulgaria and within 3 days get into Thessalonica.

 

The toughest battle takes place at Roupel. When Greeks are obliged to surrender, Germans will realize that their enemies did not even have guns.

 

Papadimas, the Military Minister counterfeits a governmental order and gives vacation days off, to officers and soldiers that fight. Korizis, the Prime minister, calls off the order and blames Papadimas for ultimate betray. On April, 18th, Korizis commits suicide. Greek army is left on the rocks.

 

Germans enter Athens and the front is transferred to the last free Greek region, Crete. In Crete fights also Theodoros Kallinos, an officer from South Macedonia who refused to surrender.

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