740.0011 European War 1939/6329: Telegram

The Chargé in Italy (Reed) to the Secretary of State

1044. In contrast with the exuberance displayed in connection with earlier military exploits the press has thus far restrained its enthusiasm regarding the invasion of Greece. Today’s army communiqué states merely that the advance is continuing, the Greek rear guard forces having been overcome, and news columns give little additional information on the progress of the campaign. Considerable space is, however, devoted to explanations of the attack which assert that Britain itself had plans under way for a move into Greece and had once again been forestalled. Greece too comes in for a certain amount of opprobrium for alleged British use of Greek harbors and waters.