The Greek army, though outnumbered three to one, was able to force the fascist Italians into retreating, with only seventy-seven aircraft, up against Italy’s 463 aircraft and 163 light tanks. Mussolini had to beg Hitler for help, which heavily taxed the Nazi forces. This was the first Allied victory against an Axis Power country which made British prime minister Winston Churchill say,

“Formerly we said that the Greeks fight like heroes. Now we shall say that heroes fight like Greeks.”

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