October 28, 1940 New York Times: Metaxas to Greeks “Fight to Your Death”

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This is how The New York Times covered the Italian ultimatum to Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas on the early morning of October 28, 1940 when he was faced with the option to surrender to Benito Mussolini’s forces that were amassed on Greece’s northern border.

Metaxas’ message to the people of Greece– to “fight to your death” was heard loud and clear throughout the world.

His response made headlines throughout the world as tiny Greece was the latest nation attacked by the mighty Axis powers of Italy and Nazi Germany. The events that would ensue in the days and months to come would ultimately change the entire course of the war.

The New York Times front page, October 28, 1940

The New York Times front page, October 28, 1940

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