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Armies of the Greek-Italian War 1940–41

Armies of the Greek-Italian War 1940–41 Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review December 2017 Title Armies of the Greek-Italian War 1940–41
Author Phoebus Athanassiou Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2017 ISBN 9781472819178
Format 48 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $17.95


The world watched – rapt – as poor, outnumbered Greece withstood Fascist Italy's unprovoked attack in October 1940.

After just 20 days, heroic Greek defenders hurled the vaunted invaders into Albania – their launch point. It marked, as author Phoebus Athanassiou notes, "the first major Axis setback of World War II".

Now Athanassiou recaps the conflict's combatants in Armies of the Greek-Italian War 1940–41 – number 514 in Osprey's perennially popular "Men-At-Arms" series.

Contents commence with introductory notes and a chronology. Then Osprey's compact chronicle swiftly segues into an overview of opposing forces – Greek and Italian.

Sections summarize, among other things, historical factors, organization, uniforms, insignia, weapons, and personal equipment. Comments on air and naval forces, and "allies and auxiliaries" follow, completing contents.

In addition to period photos, illustrations include eight pages with 24 color uniform plates. Artwork commentaries and an index neatly wrap things up.

Unfortunately, Athanassiou's succinct study includes no selected bibliography for further study of this fascinating phase of World War II history.


My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!