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Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume I

The British Minister (Athens) to Secretary of State (Cairo)

The British Minister (Athens) to Secretary of State (Cairo)

The King of Greece spoke to the Air Attaché today with deep appreciation of your visit and was absolutely determined to carry on the agreed plan of action against German attack. He is satisfied that his confidence in the chances of success is shared by General Papagos and his Government.

He emphasised the great importance of speed, and particularly in the supply of adequate air forces here in order to break up the German air attacks which are their customary opening offensive. Initial German defeat in the air would, more than anything else, page 256 do away with the myth of German invincibility and would give the whole country the same confidence as is held by him in the prospects for success. I have not myself seen him since your departure.