FAMOUS QUOTES ABOUT THE GREEKS
from the protagonists of WW II:
"Until now we used to say that the Greeks fight like heroes. Now we shall say: The heroes fight like Greeks." (Radio broadcast October 1940, in the first days of the Greco-Italian war).
"The word heroism I am afraid does not render the least of those acts of self-sacrifice of the Greeks, which were the defining factor in the victorious outcome of the common struggle of the nations, during WWII, for the human freedom and dignity. If it were not for the bravery of the Greeks and their courage, the outcome of WWII would be undetermined." (British Parliament, April 24, 1941).
"For the sake of historical truth I must verify that only the Greeks, of all the adversaries who confronted us, fought with bold courage and highest disregard of death. " (speech to Reichstag on May 4,1941).
"The heroic struggle of the Greek people... against Germany 's attack, after she so thunderously defeated the Italians in their attempt to invade the Greek soil, filled the hearts of the American people with enthusiasm and moved their compassion."
(US Congress, April 25, 1941)
"On the 28th of October 1940 Greece was given a deadline of three hours to decide on war or peace. But even if a three day or a three week or a three year were given, the response would have been the same. The Greeks taught dignity throughout the centuries. When the entire world had lost all hope, the Greek people dared to question the invincibility of the German menace raising against it the proud spirit of freedom." (US Congress, June 10, 1943).
"I am sorry because I am getting old and I shall not live long to thank the Greek People, whose resistance decided WWII." (Moscow radio broadcast on January 3, 1943, after the victory of Stalingrad and the capitulation of marshal Paulus)
George VI (Great Britain):
"The magnificent struggle of Greece was the first big turn of WWII" (Parliament in May 1945)
Charles de Gaul:
"I am unable to give the proper breadth of gratitude I feel for the heroic resistance of the People and the leaders of Greece." (French Parliament after the end of WWII).