28 October 1940

By , October 28, 2018 4:31 pm

 History of Ochi Day

In October 1940, Benito Mussolini, the fascist dictator of Italy, backed   by Germany, demanded to invade and occupy Greece requesting   Greece to surrender. General Ioannis Metaxas famously responded   “Ochi!” – “No!” in Greek.

That “No!” in October 28, 1940 brought Greece into the war on the   side of the Allies. Indeed, for a period, Greece was Britain’s only ally   against Hitler.

Not only did Greece rebuke Mussolini’s demands, but seized the offensive and drove the Italians back through most of Albania.

Had Metaxas not said “No!”, it’s arguable that the Second World War may have lasted much longer, most possible in favor of the axis, thus having a much different world right now.
Historians argue that if Greece had surrendered without any resistance, it would have enabled Hitler to have invaded Russia in the spring, rather than his disastrous attempt to take it during winter.

“Heroes fight like Greeks” – Winston Churchill 

Following video was Commissioned by the Archives of the Greek Foreign Ministry – Presented by Fotini Tomai – Written by Nikos Pilavios – Director of Photography Yannis Sarigiannis – Line Producer Maria Pilaviou – Music by Marietta Fafouti – Directed and edited by Constantin Pilavios

Heroes fight like Greeks from MovieTeller on Vimeo.

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