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Greek Resistance 1941-45 : Organization, Achievements and Contributions to Allied War Efforts Against the Axis Powers

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The paper examines the organization, development and contributions of the Greek Resistance of 1941-45 to the Allied war efforts. Based on published and unpublished documents and personal accounts of events by resistance veterans, the analysis suggests that the National Resistance movement against the triple occupation of Greece by Germany, Italy and Bulgaria, played an important military role in the Allied struggle against the Axis. During their three and a half years of political and military action, Greek Resistance organizations (a) preoccupied and effectively fought large and well equipped Fascist forces, as well as enemy collaborators, (b) interrupted enemy strategic and geopolitical plans of aggression and (c) provided enslaved Greeks with a sense of solidarity and patriotism, and the motivation to resist the brutal Axis occupation. Although its contributions as a military force has been immense, the Greek Resistance movement has received minimal recognition and appreciation in Allied countries, and little attention from the mass media and academic community. Ironically and tragically, post war geopolitical interests of the Allies actually contributed to the persecution of resistance fighters which then led to the polarization of post-liberation Greek society.

Affiliations: 1: Brescia College, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON, N6G 1H2, Canada

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