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Italian heavy artillery pounds Greek positions in November 1940.
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03/03/1940
Italy protests to Britain over proposed ban on Italian imports of German coal.
09/03/1940Italian-Anglo agreement on coal, Britain to release Italian collier ships, Italy to import no more German coal.
18/03/1940Mussolini and Hitler meet in the Brenner Pass in northern Italy, Mussolini agreeing to Italy's entry into the war "at an opportune moment".
 
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16/05/1940Churchill urges Mussolini not to become involved in the war.
30/05/1940Mussolini tells Hitler he intends to enter the war.
 
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10/06/1940 Italy declares war on Britain and France, effective from the 11th June 1940.
11/06/1940Italian aircraft bomb Malta.
22/06/1940French representatives fly to Rome to negotiate with Mussolini.
24/06/1940 An armistice is signed between France and Italy at Villa Indusa near Rome.
28/06/1940The Pope offers to mediate between Britain, Germany and Italy.
 
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04/07/1940 Italian bombers raid Malta.
07/07/1940Italy allows French Mediterranean bases to remain armed.
 
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03/09/1940Dobrudja is ceded to Bulgaria by Romania under the Vienna award.
 
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04/10/1940Mussolini and Hitler meet at the Brenner Pass.
26/10/1940The Italians protest to the Greeks about their 'non-neutral' attitude towards Italy.
28/10/1940Italy attacks Greece after Greek rejection of three-hour ultimatum; Churchill promises ‘all the help in our power’. Hitler and Mussolini meet at Florence.
29/10/1940British troops set sail for Crete. Italians claim to have made some advances but Greeks hold most positions.
31/10/1940British troops occupy Canea in Crete. Italians claim advance towards Salonika in Greece.
 
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01/11/1940 Turkey declares itself neutral in Greco-Italian war.
03/11/1940Greek troops trap the Italian 3rd Alpine Division taking 5,000 prisoners. British troops arrive in Greece.
06/11/1940Britain promises financial assistance to Greece, starting with 5 million advance.
08/11/1940 Italians begin big offensive in Albania.
12/11/1940Germany prepares to enter war in Greece.
19/11/1940Greek successes continue in northern Greece and Albania. The Italians are driven back across the Kalamas River.
21/11/1940Greeks capture Koritza, defeating Italian IX Army.
29/11/1940 British and New Zealand troops under General Freyberg occupy the whole of the Greek island of Crete in the Mediterranean.
 
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04/12/1940 Greeks capture Premeti, Pogradec and the Albanian port of Sarande.
06/12/1940Greeks occupy Santi Quaranta, Albania. Italian Supreme Commander Badoglio resigns ‘at his own request’; replaced by Gen. Cavallero.
08/12/1940Greeks take Argyrokastro and Delvino.
13/12/1940Hitler issues Directive No. 20, the order for the preparation of Operation 'Marita', the plan for sending German forces to revive the bogged-down Italian offensive in Albania.
23/12/1940Churchill broadcasts to Italy: ‘All because of one man’.
28/12/1940 Mussolini asks Hitler for support, to help the bogged down Italian forces with their offensive against the Greeks in Albania.
 

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