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Daemon
Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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Ochi Day

Ochi Day is a national holiday in Greece, commemorating the day during World War II when Greeks said "ochi" ("no") to an attempted incursion ordered by Italy's fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini. On October 28, 1940, the Italian ambassador to Greece called on General Ioannis Metaxas, the prime minister, to demand that Italian troops be allowed to occupy areas in Greece. Metaxas curtly responded, "Ochi." The Italians invaded, but were routed by the Greeks. Ochi Day is observed in Greece with military and school parades; it is also a public holiday celebrated in Cyprus with parades. More...
Absurdicuss
Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 6:43:24 AM
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The Italian Armed Forces of WW2 era were a very effective fighting force when pitted against the relatively primitive weaponry wielded by the Ethiopians.

But for the tragedy of death, a laughable chapter in the long book of Rome.

rossalicia
Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 8:42:40 AM

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Ochi Day National Holiday in Greece



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monamagda
Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 10:52:33 AM

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Γενναίος Έλληνες! Αυτού του είδους η συμπεριφορά αξίζει πραγματικά γιορτή

Brave Greeks! This kind of attitude really deserves celebration



That "OCHI!" brought Greece into the war on the side of the Allies. Indeed, for a period, Greece was Britain's only ally against Hitler.

Not only did Greece rebuke Mussolini's demands, they seized the offensive and drove the Italians back through most of Albania.

Had Metaxas not said "OCHI!", its arguable that the Second World War may have lasted much longer. One theory is that had Greece surrendered without any resistance, it would have enabled Hitler to have invaded Russia in the spring, rather than his disastrous attempt to take it during winter.

Western nations, always happy to credit ancient Greece with the development of democracy, may owe modern Greece an equal but usually unrecognized debt for helping to preserve democracy against its enemies during World War II.


http://www.officeholidays.com/countries/greece/national_anniversary.php
Gary98
Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 5:44:54 PM

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Now they need to say "Ochi" to more debt.
striker
Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 5:46:44 PM
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the islands are beautiful
TB Turtle
Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 7:11:30 PM

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Gary98 and Striker are right ;-}
FounDit
Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 11:14:10 PM

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I thought it was spelled, "oxi". It's been many years now, but a friend of mine from the island of Chios, pronounced it as "Oh´-hee", but the "h" sound came from the back of the throat.
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One must give a thumbs up and applaud those Greeks. As so many were giving in to the fascist's, including America, those Greeks were not about to take any sh*t from that invading army.
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