Episode 4.6 — October 7, 2019

Episode 4.6

The Guerrilla War flares up

The scale of the Greek Civil War greatly increases in 1947 compared to 1946.  The Communist Democratic Army of Greece increases in size and launches larger guerrilla attacks into Greece.  The Government’s Greek National Army fails to response effective against the Communist revolt, however American military advisers commanded by Lieutenant General Van Fleet arrive in Greece to help train and equip the Greek National Army.  King George II of Greece dies and is replaced by his brother King Paul, his biography is given.  There is tension within the Communist leadership as to whether to move from the stage of a guerrilla war to a conventional war.

To be published on Saturday 12th October

King Paul of Greece
Episode 4.5 — October 2, 2019

Episode 4.5

The Truman Doctrine

the Greek Army is poorly equipped and poorly trained to deal with the Communist revolt it needs outside help, Britain is no longer able to help.  In March 1947 President Truman in a speech to congress announces that the American Government will aid the Greek Government with funds, equipment and training but all aid would be closely monitored to ensure that funds were properly used.  A short biography of Lincoln McVeagh the American ambassador who helped persuade the American Government to help the Greek Government.  A team of American military advisers led by Lieutenant General Van Fleet is sent to Greece, they find a Greek Army in a poor state with a reluctance to go and fight the Communist guerrillas.

To be published on Saturday 5th October

Harry S Truman