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Old 06-21-2019, 09:12 AM
 
Location: London
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True and the Yugoslavs fought briefly as well. But I meant fought continuously during this period, and both the Greeks and Yugoslave regular military fought only for a short period. Actually the Yugoslav royal army turned in one of the worse performances of the war.

There is an interesting phenomeon about WWII. From Nov 1939 to April 1940 there was very little real fighting. Then from July 1940 through July 1941 there were only fairly low level conflicts in Africa and the Balkans on land. The German army in particular except the few divisions in Africa and the brief operations in the Balkans, essentially did not fight at all from July 40 to July 41.

It was a strange pause in the war.
The British continually fought at sea from the first day of the war with the sinking of the Athenia to the last day. In fact Britain's war never ended until 1946 when they fought on in Indochina defeating the Viet Minh handing the country back to the legal owners, the French. Britain also continually fought in the air. 700 German fighters were downed over Continental Europe in 1941 besides the bombing campaign. In the ground war there was a lull from September 1939 until April 1940 called the Phoney War, when fighting in Norway broke out. Britain fought continually on the ground from April 1940 onwards. After Dunkirk the British went on the rampage in North Africa wiping out the Italians, nearly taking all the southern Med coast. North Africa involved hundreds of thousands of men being far from "low level". British troops were also involved in Greece.

Britain was involved in Syria, Iraq and invaded Iran in 1941, securing the Middle East securing all ground from Turkey to Libya.

North Africa went on from Tunisia (a quarter of a million Axis troops were taken prisoner in Tunisia) to Sicily, Italy, France, etc with few lulls between in the ground fighting. This is besides continually fighting the Japanese from Dec 1941 onwards.
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Old 06-21-2019, 09:21 AM
 
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There's a funny reversal that took place. Stalin learned to listen to his generals, while Hitler gradually took the opposite approach and thought that he knew better. It's no coincidence that the fortunes of both country's fortunes on the battlefield alternated largely because of this.
Hitler listened to his generals a lot more than people think. He also reversed some silly decisions they were making. He was a lot more astute than what people make out.
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