The Balkans 1940–41 (2)

Hitler's Blitzkrieg against Yugoslavia and Greece

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The Balkans 1940–41 (2)

Hitler's Blitzkrieg against Yugoslavia and Greece

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This concise yet detailed overview gives a balanced account of this key Blitzkrieg campaign in the Balkans during the opening years of World War II.

The Wehrmacht's last Blitzkrieg campaign was indeed a lightning war, since German forces were required to seize both Yugoslavia and Greece before redeploying immediately to the East ready to attack the Soviet Union in a matter of weeks. Although the plans for the conquest of Yugoslavia were developed in haste, the campaign was extremely successful: in a short space of time, both Yugoslavia and Greece had fallen, accompanied by the capture of large numbers of British, Australian and New Zealand troops. The 1941 Balkan campaign was an apparently brilliant military accomplishment that demonstrated once again the superiority of the Wehrmacht, and its cutting-edge campaigning skills.

This superbly detailed work details the opposing forces that took part in this campaign, documents their weapons and analyzes the effectiveness of their tactics. It explores the initial Axis campaign against Yugoslavia, the breakthrough of the Metaxas Line and advance into Macedonia and the withdrawal of Allied troops south. Detailed battlescenes depict key moments in the land, sea and air battles that took place in the Balkans, vividly bringing to life events of almost 80 years ago.

Table of Contents

Origins of the Campaign
Chronology
Opposing Commanders
Opposing Forces
Opposing Plans
The Campaign
Aftermath
The Battlefields Today
Bibliography
Index

Product details

Published Jul 27 2021
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781472842619
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 365
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

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Pier Paolo Battistelli

Pier Paolo Battistelli earned his PhD in Military…

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Adam Hook

Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his wo…

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