No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

28 April, 1941 : Some 43,000 British and Poles of the expeditionary force re-embark at Naplia, Monemvasia and Kalamata. The Royal Navy sends six cruisers, 19 destroyers and a great number of small transport to carry out the evacuation.Greece.fighs

In this disastrous campaign the expeditionary force has lost 12,712 men, including 9,000 taken prisoner by the Germans, and the whole of its heavy equipment. The evacuation (Operation Demon) is nevertheless successful. General Freyberg, commanding the New Zealand contingent, arrives in Crete.

Italian losses in the six months of the Greek campaign: 13,755 dead, over 50,000 wounded, 12,368 severely frostbitten and 25,067 missing.

German losses in Yugoslavia and Greece: 1,684 dead and 3,752 wounded, with 548 missing.

Greek losses: 15,700 dead and missing. About 300,000 men are taken prisoner by the Axis forces, but all except the officers are released almost at once.

About Ludwig von Gress

Born in communist Europe, interested in defence matters on a macro scale, with a cavalry “devil may care spirit” from his grandfather and cautious effectiveness of asymmetric warfare approach from his guerilla father. He sometimes despairs that he may be the only one taking the defence of Australia seriously.
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