Diary April 24, 1941

Evacuation of British soldiers from Greece

Evacuation of exhausted British soldiers from Greece to the island of Crete.

Diary for Thursday, April 24, 1941:

Sea War

Mediterranean – Evacuation of British and Commonwealth troops from Greece (Operation Demon): 51,000 troops transported to Crete and Egypt (April 24-29). German aircraft sink destroyers Diamond and Wryneck and 4 transports.

Politics

Hitler and Hungarian leader Admiral Horthy confer and dine in the Fuehrer’s train near Graz (Austria): Horthy lavishes praise on the Fuehrer, but Hitler refuses to be drawn into promising major territorial concessions in return for Hungarian participation in Operation Barbarossa .

Balkans

Germans penetrate Pass of Thermopylae against British rear-guard.

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