The Balkans Campaign 1941 – the invasion of Yugoslavia

Waffen-SS officers of the Reich Division
The Balkans Campaign was the invasion of Greece and Yugoslavia in 1941. It began with Benito Mussolini's ill-fated invasion of Greece on October 28 1940. Germany intervened on April 6 1941 and invaded Greece after a successful invasion of Yugoslavia. Hitler began planning to invade Greece in November 1940, after the British occupied Crete and Lemnos. The aim of the operation was to prevent the British from getting air bases within striking range of the Romanian oilfields. Breaking through the Yugoslav lines in southern Yugoslavia allowed Germany to send reinforcements to the battlefields of northern Greece. Image: according to military writer Gordon Williamson the photo shows three officers of SS-Division Reich during the invasion of Yugoslavia. Commons: Bundesarchiv.

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