The Shephardi community in Thessaloniki might survive the Holocaust. Certainly the military-age males that will survive the battles might form a new cernel to rebuild the community. However, if all their families are gone, I think most of them will migrate to Israel.Eleutherias square, Thessaloniki, July 11th, 1942
However, there is still time before the deportation of the civilians to the camps. I think in TTL, their value as forced labor is greater than in OTL. There is now a major active front, and a lot of labor is needed to maintan the road and railroad network in Greece. The departure of the death trains might be postponed for a few weeks or months.
Even if the deportation is not postponed, in OTL the first train departed at March 15th 1943. Now the Allies are attacking the Mareth Line at August 4th. If we take the OTL campaign as a rule of thumb, then it will take a couple of months for the Allies to clear Tunisia. After all, the Axis are weaker Tunisia compared to OTL. That means, that come November, the Germans will be bogged in the Staligrand meatgrinder, the Italians will be out of reserves - and what reserves they have will be rushed in Sicily and there will be two idle Allied Armies in North Africa that can land in Sicily only in April-May 1943. The logical destination for supplies and a corps or two, is ... Greece.
Overall, I think there are decent chances for Pangalos to reach Thessaloniki before the death trains start their engines.
That's an interesting composition. It reminds me more of the french DLMs than british armoured divisions. A good compromise between armour and infantry.Now it was the III Armoured Division, with the 12th, forming her infantry contingent and the 2nd Cavalry brigade the tank component
My knowledge on aircraft development is quite limited. May I ask what it means in practical terms compared to OTL?The prototype Messerschmitt Me 262, took to the air for the first time just on jet engines. It was true that this was well ahead of the British program. But the RLM and Messerschmitt had several much more mundane problems and serious problems. The Me 210 which had entered service with frontline units back in April was proving to be a disaster and Wever was already grumbling about ceasing production and replacing it. Me 309 the intended replacement of the older Bf 109 had made it's first flight together with Me 262. It had not impressed but it was perhaps to early to judge it. And the German advanced piston engines appeared to be going nowhere. Wever had already bitten the bullet and cancelled DB604 back in February. Now it looked as if its rival Jumo 222 should also be cancelled before even more resources were wasted on it.
A potential rival is out of the game. A good choice for DC to be honest. Did Papagos speak english? I know he spoke french.And of the major Greek field commander Papagos was the one Pangalos felt to be best suited for the role... and perhaps also the one he wanted to dispense with.
Even though Papagos would be by far the least influential man in the Joint Chiefs, his role can quite important. If the Big Guys are having disagreements in strategy, the Little Guy can tip the boat to one or the other side, by playing the neutral part who is looking out for the benefit of the whole alliance.