The invasion of Greece in 1941 and the Nazi hordes that never were...


  • Craig Stockings University of New South Wales
  • Eleanor Hancock University of New South Wales


Includes image: 'landscape with three figures', 1935.


Despite the significance of the German invasion of Greece in 1941 within the international history of the Second World War, relatively little research has yet been conducted into many of its operational aspects. As a consequence, over the last 70 years a number of serious misconceptions have developed and been used to explain (or explain-away) British defeat within this campaign. Foremost is the notion of a huge disparity in numbers - against which Commonwealth troops, despite their courage and stoic resolve, could never stand. This key explanation is mistaken. By no means and by no measure did overwhelming German numbers push Imperial troops unwillingly out of Greece.