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One publication within the Time-Life sequence concerning the 3rd Reich. A entire description of the conquest of the Balkans with essays.

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The flood-swollen river separated them from the ravaged capital. The bridge they had hoped purposely spared by the Luftwaffe in its opening bombardment — to use had been blown up by the enemy. And they carried no rafts or bridging equipment. Still, the prize was within sight, and Klingenberg was determined to try for it. His men located a motorboat on the north bank, and in midafternoon the captain pushed off for the capital with one of his platoon leaders, two sergeants, and five privates. They were nearly — swamped when wrecked the surging current forced the boat against a pier of the Klingenber'g sent two turned his mind to a small number worked the craft free and reached the far shore.

The Germans would have to take the redoubt by storm. Over the next few hours, the mountain troops gouged holes in the Greek line by ousting enemy troops from some of the trenches that flanked the bunkers. The engineers blasted some of the casemates open vvdth explosives or scorched the Greek gunners vvdth flamethrowers aimed through the embrasures. Around midday, other Greeks responded by calling in artillery fire on their own positions killing and wounding scores of Germans but doing little harm to themselves.

The mission of the task force was to hold its position "as long as possible in any case, for three days. Leading the German advance through the Monastir Gap on April 10 was — a motorized infantiy unit dear to the Fiihrer: the Leibstandarte SS Adolf As the men of the brigade rode across the frontier that morning, they found the going surprisingly easy. Lulled into a false sense of security, one company parked in the Greek border village of Niki, camouflaged their vehicles, and stripped down for a much-needed bath in a stream that ran through the town.

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