Greece entered World War II on 28 October 1940, when the Italian army invaded from Albania. The Greek army dealt the first victory for the Allies by defeating the invasion and pushing Mussolini's forces back into Albania. Hitler was reluctantly forced to send his own forces to overcome Greece in April 1941, and delay the invasion of the Soviet Union by six weeks. This is considered by some historians as the first turning point of the war, since the delay proved disastrous to the German invasion, with the onset of the Russian winter and the strong resistance of the Soviet armed forces halting it before the gates of Moscow. Although the German invasion of Greece was swift, their forces met fierce resistance on the island of Crete, where the elite Fallschirmjager suffered almost 7,000 casualties. These heavy losses eliminated the option of a massive airborne invasion of the Soviet Union and further expansion in the Mediterranean saving Malta, Gibraltar, Cyprus, and the Suez Canal from airborne invasion.
The following collections are hand-picked covers and excerpts from the best articles on Greece in World War II, 28th October until 27th April 1941. Use them as chronological guides to TIME's past coverage of a person, event, or topic.
Greece in World War II, from 28th October 1940 until the German entry in Athens 27th April 1941