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Today in World War II History—April 27, 1941

German soldiers raise the swastika on the Acropolis, 1941 (German Federal Archive: Bild 101I-164-0389-23A)

German soldiers raise the swastika on the Acropolis, 1941 (German Federal Archive: Bild 101I-164-0389-23A)

80 Years Ago—Apr. 27, 1941: Germans occupy Athens, Greece, and raise the swastika over the Acropolis.

Greek government surrenders to the Germans.

Off Greece, the German Luftwaffe sinks Dutch liner SS Slamat evacuating British troops to Crete (838/843 killed).

Dutch ocean liner SS Slamat, August 1940 (Australian War Memorial: 303942)

Dutch ocean liner SS Slamat, August 1940 (Australian War Memorial: 303942)

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