Message from discussion Italo-Greek War what-ifs
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Subject: Re: Italo-Greek War what-ifs
From: David Tenner <dten...@ameritech.net>
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Rob <raharris1...@my-deja.com> wrote in
> On Oct 8, 4:04 pm, The Horny Goat <lcra...@home.ca> wrote:
>> I've always wondered why Bulgaria entered the war since their main
>> role seems to have been against Yugoslavia in May/June 1941 and to
>> surrender to the Soviets in 1944. If they stay neutral I don't see how
>> the Communists come to power in 1944-46. Nor can I envision a scenario
>> where they play any kind of serious role in the war on the scale of
>> Hungary or even Slovakia.
> Bulgarian neutrality would seem to make for a fascinating TL. What if
> they avoided commitment as carefully as the Turks did?
> I guess their problem was they had territorial claims on Greece and
> Yugoslavia. They didn't want to be the ones to say "no" to Hitler at
> that point (and Yugoslavia's experience probably vindicated that
> judgement). Also, they had taken Romanian territory and Romania was
> aligning with the Germans. They didn't want to be forced to cough
> that back up, even if you set aside the risk of a total invasion.
And don't forget that at least they weren't forced to join Barbarossa or even
break diplomatic relations with the USSR. After Pearl Harbor, the Bulgarians
probably viewed a declaration of war against the US and UK as the minimum
they could do to appease the Germans under those circumstances.