Monday, February 7, 2011
Because of Greece's decline of a token British force, the British forces in North Africa were allowed to advance to Benghazi. The commanders in Britain also decided that British forces should take the island of Rhodes and other islands in the Dodecanese belonging to Italy. General Metaxis and General Papagos were unsure what lines to defend, partly due to uncertainty over what Yugoslavia would do. If they cooperated with Germany, Greek forces would defend a line along the Aliakmon and Venetikos Rivers. This was a short front that would face the Italians in Albania. While this was being decided, General Wavell was told to prepare four divisions for service in the Balkans, in event of a German invasion. By the end of January 1941, the Italians attacked that quickly failed. This is based on the account in Vol.II of the Australian Official History.