The Statistics of Pride: Greek Resistance to Axis Forces Longest in Europe

The Statistics of Pride: Greek Resistance to Axis Forces Longest in Europe

Greece’s resistance to the Axis powers during the Second World War was the longest of all the nations of western Europe, with the exception of the UK, which was never occupied outside of the Channel Islands.

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According to historical record, Greece resisted for a total of 219 days against Italy, Germany, Bulgaria and Albania between October of 1940 and April of 1941 when Nazi Germany launched a final, massive attack through Bulgaria.

 

By comparison, the nation of Norway resisted for 63 days, whereas France, which was a military superpower at the time, managed to hold the Axis powers for only 43 days.

 

During that time, Greece recorded 13,325 dead, 62,663 wounded and 1,290 missing in action. British, Australian and New Zealand troops who fought alongside the Greeks suffered 903 casualties, 1,250 wounded, while 13,958 of their men were captured by the Axis powers.

 

Days of resistance to Axis powers during WWII:

 

Greece 219 days

Norway 61 days

France 43 days

Poland 30 days

Belgium 18 days

Holland 4 days

Yugoslavia 3 days

Czechoslovakia 0 days

Denmark 0 days

 

Lasting only approximately six hours, the German ground campaign against Denmark, a tiny nation with nearly all its territory at sea level, was one of the shortest military operations of the Second World War.