British Perspectives on Greek-Turkish Relations in the Aftermath of World War II
I should like to begin by drawing attention to two photographs. Taken from my Concise History of Greece, to my mind they graphically illustrate the state of Greek-Turkish relations in the post-war period. The first is a NATO propaganda photograph taken, I believe, in Turkish Thrace in 1952–3, shortly after Greece and Turkey had joined the alliance (Fig. 2.1). On the right is a Turkish platoon dressed in British-type uniforms, on the left is a Greek platoon wearing American-type uniforms. It seems fairly clear that the two platoons have been given the order to fraternize for the camera on the command three, an instruction which only the military mind would be capable of dreaming up. The Greeks are duly giving the clearly somewhat apprehensive Turks a bear hug.
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