Episode 10: War on the Periphery
As 1941 marched on, Hitler’s plans for the Soviet union were behind schedule. Before invading he needed to secure his right flank. As discussed previously, Hungary and Romania had been brought into Nazi orbit but two outliers remained. Mussolini’s disastrous invasion of Greece not only created a potential allied base of operations in the Balkans but also disrupted Hitler’s carefully laid plans for the Balkans. In addition, Yugoslavia remained staunchly outside the German sphere of influence. Both of these problems would be swiftly resolved.