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    Default WW2 Greece

    My Latest addition ..a fantastic set.
    WW2 Greek Award Document and cased Navy Cross
    Award was instituted on Dec 22nd 1943 and presented to Sailors for Serving with Merit on Ships that had taken part in Naval Operations during WW2.
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    "If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law. "
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    Next , The War Medal 1941-45
    A WW2 Award but instituted in 1947 to commemorate participation in Campaigns and Actions. The reverse refers to North Africa, South Aegean Islands and Italy. This example came with a 1940 Bar in place ..but I think it might have been added from another Award since no ref can be found yet.
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    Nice stuff that you don't often see. Thanks Mike , BB

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    Thought not WW2 , I thought I'd add this since it was a Medal produced here in the United States in 1938 by Greek-Americans to thank Greek Veterans that had served .
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    * 1821 The Greek Revolution against the Ottoman Empire
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    * 1912-1913 The Balkan Wars
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVECRWZDX20
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    * 1915-1922 The Greek and Armenian Holocaust
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THh2osxwc1Q
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    While Greece defended herself against the Axis invasion , many Home Front Items were produced and Fundraisers held.

    The Group that spearheaded the Relief efforts was the Greek War Relief Association (GWRA) “ and was founded by Movie Mogul Spyros Skouras.
    The life of movie magnate Spyros P. Skouras is a classic rags to riches tale. Born in Greece, the son of an impoverished shepherd and one of ten children, Skouras came to the U.S. with his brothers, Charles and George, in 1910. Landing in St. Louis, the trio worked in a large hotel as busboys and sold newspapers until they were able to scrape together 4,000 dollars to invest in part of a local movie house. In short order, the financially astute brothers owned every movie theater in St. Louis. They sold them all to Warner Bros. in the late '20s, and Skouras was hired to manage all of the company's exhibition houses. Between 1930 and 1932, Skouras worked with Paramount, but left to save the Fox Metropolitan chain from destruction. Three years later, Skouras played a key role in the 20th Century Fox merger. He was appointed president of the new company in 1942, and with the assistance of Darryl Zanuck, turned it into one of Hollywood's most powerful studios. In the late '40s and early '50s, Skouras did much to save the movie industry from its newly invented competitor -- television. To this end, Skouras purchased the rights to the CinemaScope process of wide-screen projection and started a new trend in colorful epic films. His heretofore distinguished career with Fox abruptly nose-dived in 1963 with the disastrous release of Cleopatra, the big-budget epic starring Rex Harrison, Elizabeth Taylor, and Richard Burton. The film's box-office failure spelled ruination for the financially beleaguered Fox and Skouras was one of the prime scapegoats for the fiasco. As a result he was assigned as the company's board chairman and his control over films was largely taken away. He remained in that position in 1969 when he left to tend to his other enormous investments that included his own shipping line. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
    The United States provived aid to Greece. Both private and government aid reached Greece. The principal private group was the Greek War Relief Association (GWRA). Greek Americans led by Archbishop Athenagoras and Spyros Skouras organized the GWRA within 2 weeks of the Italian invasion (October 1940). The purpose was to collect funds to buy food, medical supplies and clothing. The initial goal was $10 million. Skouras visited Greek communities throughout the United States help form local War Relief committees. The GWRA soon had over 300 local committees (November 1940). The GWRA before the German invasion, cabeled $3.3 million. The funds were used to purchase of ambulances, build bomb shelters, and run soup kitchen. The funds also set up workshops for refugees provide relief to the families of soldiers killed in the fighting. The GWRA functioned 2 1/2 years and paid for the shipment of more than 700,000 tons of food, clothing, medical supplies and other needed commodities valued at more than $100 million dollars. We are not sure why the GWRA ceased operatiion (April 1943), but suspect it was because American Government programs were by that time functioning. We have little information at this time on U.S. Government policy toward Greece after Italy invaded (October 1940). We know President Roosevelt wrote King George, " All free peoples are deeply impressed by the courage and steadfastness of the Greek nation" (December 5, 1940). Just how how the aid was delivered we do not have a lot of detail. We think some aid reached Greece before the German invasion. After the German invasion, delivering aid was more complicated. Greece fell to the Germans, just as Congress passed Lend Lease. America was, however, neutral until Hitler declared war (December 1941). The GWRA in the United Startes sent funds and a Turkish ship the SS Kurtulus made five voyages, delivering food to Athens where it was distributed by the International Red Cross. King George went to America to meet with leaders and help secure aid for Greece. While in America, he addressed both houses of congress (June 15, 1942). There was Lend Lease aid the the Greek Government in exile. And the United States supported the International Red Cross which did play a major role in preventing another famine in Greece after the Great Famine of winter 1941-42. After the Germans withdrew (October 1944), American food aid began to reach Greece directly.

    http://histclo.com/country/gre/chron/1940/war/fam/gf-us.html

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    The USPS even produced a series of Stamps for Countries overrun by the Nazis
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    You got medals for beating Italians???????
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