Conquest of the Balkans by Time-Life Books

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One booklet within the Time-Life sequence concerning the 3rd Reich. A entire description of the conquest of the Balkans with essays.

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To all around him he raged that "there must never again be a Yugoslaxia. The new regime's subsequent pledge of cooperation did not moUifv Hitler, who " " feared that the rebels might still cast their lot with the British. Accordingly, the invasion of Greece from Bulgaria was postponed while his chiefs hastily drafted plans for a simultaneous assault trop informed officials at the on Yugoslavia. On April German embassy 2, Ribben- in Belgrade that upon words "Tripartite Pact, they were to destroy all files and leave the city as soon as possible.

Silk, the neighboring houses began to collapse. Unlike many of her neighbors, Mitchell survived unscathed. The air raid she had experienced was the opening sortie in the Luftwaffe's aptly named Operation Punishment, designed to paralyze the Yugoslavian government by devastating the capital. In the first wave of this assault alone, more than 43 — " 330 warjjlanes made — 74 dive bombers, 160 medium bombers, and 100 fighters Belgrade their target. By contrast, the Yugoslavian Royal Air Force had only about 340 warplanes dispersed across the entire country.

A short time later, German antitank and field guns opened up on the Greek strongholds above, and the reports echoed through the gorges that separated the fortified peaks. Moments of eerie silence, broken only by the tudttering of birds in the dawn light, followed the opening bombardment. Then shriller notes filled the air as flights of Stukas approached to pound the enemy positions, raising clouds of grit that shrouded the mountaintops in a lingering ocher haze. While the bombs were still falling, the soldiers left the cover of the woods and scrambled up snowy slopes that the Greeks had cleared of timber to provide their gunners with unobstructed fields of fire.

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