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Greek soldiers, pushed back the Italian fascist invasion, and then kept on pursuing them beyond the borders into Albania. Note the basic clothing and poor military kit. Despite these shortcomings, between Oct 1940 and March 1941, the poorly equipped Greek army defeated an Italian army five times its size.

Greek soldiers camping out in the mountains during the Greco-Italian War (which marked the beginning of the Balkans Campaign) in the winter of pin by Paolo Marzioli

21 June - Justinian’s general Belisarius embarked in Constantinople with 17.000 men to set forth on conquering the Vandal Kingdom in Northern Africa.

21 June - Justinian’s general Belisarius embarked in Constantinople with men to set forth on conquering the Vandal Kingdom in Northern Africa.

the bust of Belisarius, scarce remains of the no longer extant Villa Ludovisi

the bust of Belisarius, scarce remains of the no longer extant Villa Ludovisi

Palace of Belisarius, Turkey, Istanbul Giclee Print by William Henry Bartlett at Art.com

Palace of Belisarius, Turkey, Istanbul Giclee Print by William Henry Bartlett at Art.com

Flavius Belisarius was a general of the Byzantine Empire. He was instrumental to Emperor Justinian's ambitious project of reconquering much of the Mediterranean territory of the former Western Roman Empire, which had been lost less than a century previously. One of the defining features of Belisarius' career was his success despite varying levels of support from Justinian. His name is frequently given as one of the so-called "Last of the Romans".

Flavius Belisarius was a general of the Byzantine Empire. He was instrumental to Emperor Justinian's ambitious project of reconquering much of the Mediterranean territory of the former Western Roman Empire, which had been lost less than a century previously. One of the defining features of Belisarius' career was his success despite varying levels of support from Justinian. His name is frequently given as one of the so-called "Last of the Romans".