Conquest of the Balkans by Time-Life Books

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

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The dripping infantiymen hurried into action without pausing to dress. "We loaded into the vehicles with weapons and ammunition and headed out, the soldier continued. 'Uniforms and camouflage were donned on the way, and the chaos was brought into order. We moved foiward in spurts. Once it was an attack from Spitfires that stopped us; another time, a demolished bridge blocked the way. " Early the next morning, April 11, the SS vanguard pushed through the toun of Vevi and encountered a formidable obstacle the bulk of the Allied rearguard, holding a narrow gap flanked by 3, 000-foot -high ridges.

Through the afternoon and evening, Greek soldiers emerged sporadically from their coverts in an effort to drive the Germans fi"om the positions they had seized. But the men of the 5th Mountain clung to their toeholds on the Metaxas Line. Bolstered by reinforcements in the night, they attacked vvdth renewed determination at dawn. Grappling up cliffs made slick by freezing rain, they blasted or burned the Greeks fi^om one bunker after another. By evening on April 7, Germans were pouring through udde gaps in the line and heading across the plain to the south.

A short time later, a few military vehicles approached the raiders. With a brief bur'st of fire, Klingenberg's men took possession of the carriers. Aided by an ethnic German who volunteered to serve as guide and interpreter, Klingenberg set out wi\h his soldiers. Yugoslavs surrendered vvdthout a freshly motorized unit for the Yugoslavian war ministry. It was a hellish journey past smoldering barr'acks and bombed-out tenements cloaked with the stench of death. The men r'eached the ministry empty shell.

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