A group of Italian gunners emplacing a campaign artillery piece in a protected position on the
Greek-Albanian front, in the sector of Val Devol. Despite the recommendations made by Hitler, Mussolini
decides to start an offensive against Greece, but the Italian troops are soon forced to withdraw
Three German pioneers assault an enemy position with the help of a flamethrower. The resistance
found in Yugoslavia caused the delay of the Operation Barbarossa, the immense campaign for the invasion
The crews of a group of German panzers benefit from a pause during the advance to resume the never-ending card game, interrupted so many times...
Greece bought two obsolete battleships from United States in 1914; these were from the Mississippi class and renamed by the Greeks as Kilkis and Lemnos. This photo taken by a German observer shows
the Kilkis after being sunk by the bombs of the Stukas in the docks of Salamina.
A kette (group of three aircraft) of Stuka bombers on its way towards Belgrad. The aerial bombing
upon the unarmed Yugoslavian capital was one of the most shameful actions made by the Luftwaffe.
During the fast advance, the German columns meet the Yugoslavian ones, destroyed by the dive bombings
of the Stukas. In less than a month, the German blitz had occupied almost completely the Balkans.
A German Henschel Hs 126 reconnaissance aircraft flying over a town in Greece. The resistance of the Greek Army was heroic and desperate, but the German Stukas and flamethrowers decided the fate of
the conflict. On the other hand, the British expeditionary force had to escape by sea, and was in danger
of being enclosed, as it happened in Dunkerque during the invasion of France and Belgium.