1923-1940






The Dodecanese in World War II



On October 28th 1940 Italy began it's invasion of Greece. The Greek forces performed respectably, holding out until the Germans invaded in April 1941. On Crete, British and Greek troops held out until June, when German and Italian forces, the latter from Rhodos, invaded. As a consequence, Eastern Crete came under Italian administration.
When German forces evacuated Greece in September/October 1944, Axis forces continued to hold on to Rhodos, until the end of the war. In 1945 the islands came under British military administration; in 1947 they were transferred to Greek civilian administration.






EXTERNAL
LINKS
Article : Dodecanese Islands : Italian Rule, from Wikipedia
DOCUMENTS 1947 Dodecanese Convention, from HRI; also from Hellenic Nationalist Pages
REFERENCE Article Dodecanese, from : Britannica Book of the Year 1947 pp.271 (on events in 1946) [G]
Article Dodecanese, from : Britannica Book of the Year 1948 pp.255-256 (on events in 1947) [G]
Article : Aegean Islands, in : Statesman's Year Book 1943 pp.1043-1044 [G]
Article : Dodecanese Islands, in : Americana Annual 1945 p.237 (on events of 1944) [G]
Article : Dodecanese Islands, in : Americana Annual 1946 pp.239-240 (on events of 1945) [G]
Article : Dodecanese Islands, in : Americana Annual 1947 p.213 (on events of 1946) [G]


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First posted in 2000, jast revised on August 24th 2007

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