GREECE: Mission to Athens

Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden had planned to spend Christmas at home with their families. Instead, they spent it in Greece trying to end a civil war. The long winter flight from London to Athens held hazards to life & limb. But it was the greater hazard to Britain's power & prestige that spurred Churchill to fly impetuously to Greece.

The situation there had grown almost out of control. The civil war looked as if it would last months, perhaps years. Four weeks of vicious battles between two sides,...

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