740.0011 European War 1939/10250: Telegram

The Chargé in Germany (Morris) to the Secretary of State

1561. The capitulation of the Greek Army of the Epirus which is given great prominence in the Berlin press this afternoon is described by the Dienst aus Deutschland as the beginning of the formal liquidation of all resistance in Greece. The capitulation stated over the radio to have been arranged at Salonika is estimated to cover from 16 to 18 divisions and thus to leave “no opponent of combat power worth mentioning facing the United German and Italian units”. The German advance is pictured as proceeding unhaltingly despite the demolition of roads by the British and the comparatively strong resistance of rear guard units which are attempting to cover the flight of the bulk of the British Army to the ports and on to the ships. Much stress is placed on allegations that Anzac soldiers are being sacrificed in order to save troops from the mother country and of reported criticism in Australia of the British command. The asserted refusal of Mackenzie King5b to attend the Empire conference is cited as evidence that other parts of the Empire are seriously dissatisfied with the ineptness of London’s leadership. It is again hinted that Greek prisoners in German hands may be released as were the Dutch and Norwegian last year. The general impression is that the entire Greek campaign is expected to be concluded in a few days. Only slight mention is made of the removal of the Greek King and Government to Crete but it is admitted in the local press that the proclamation of King George says Greece will continue to fight.

  1. Canadian Prime Minister.