Diary October 28, 1940

Mussolini, Hitler, Ciano and Ribbentrop
Mussolini, Hitler, Ciano and Ribbentrop were meeting in Florence the day Italy was attacking Greece. The German guests were catched by surprise about the invasion.
Diary for Monday, October 28, 1940:


Italian ultimatum to Greece, demanding right of passage for Italian forces to unspecified ‘strategic points’, by 6 a.m. Greek Prime Minster Metaxas rejects ultimatum. Italian forces begin invasion at 5.30 a.m. Britain promises all possible aid to Greece.
Mussolini, Hitler, Ciano and Ribbentrop were meeting in Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy.


ITALIAN INVASION OF GREECE. Italians attack at three points on Albanian-Greek frontier – Adriatic coast, Pindus Mountains and Macedonia – employing 27 divisions, 380 aircraft, supported on seaward flank by naval forces.
General Papagos appointed Greek CinC.

See also: Greek armed forces

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Air War

Italians bomb Patras, Greece (100 killed).

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