Film: 8729

History | 1950 | Sound | B/W


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A brief look at the political and military situation in Greece 1941-1949.

Opening shot of Parthenon and Acropolis. Scenes of life in post-war years - bomb-damaged building, people queuing for food, aid from U.S. and Canada. Children scrabble for food in dump. Worthless banknotes are burned - effect of inflation. Devastated towns and villages. Corinth Canal blocked by sunken ship. Peasants try to repair ruined houses. Scenes of war in 1940 as Italian troops move south from Albania. Greek held off Italians but Germans move in from Bulgaria and Yugoslavia. Despite British re-enforcement, German occupied Greece. Resistance from Athens but unrest persists elsewhere. December 1944 - Churchill visits. General Alexander in charge. (Close-up of - unidentified! - Anthony Eden, Harold Macmillan and Alexander). Archbishop Damaskios becomes Regent. Churchill wants to minimise Russian influence and to protect route to Suez Canal. More than 30 political parties. Many changes of Cabinet - British influence strong. Greek army is recognised. Army officers are seen in training. Greece is still dependent on UNRRA for food. Tractors and mules were imported. UNRRA improved water supply to Athens and helped revive agriculture. Scenes of building work, farmers, fishing boats. Voice-over: 'Greece wants to develop its links with U.S.'

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