In February 1941, the government of Turkey refused to meet with British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden, who was touring the Balkans in order to establish an anti-Axis pact. The Turks were convinced to remain netural by the subsequent overrunning of the Balkans by Germany.
- This was despite the efforts of both the Allies and the Axis to entice Turkey into siding with them.
- Roberts, Andrew. The Storm of War - A new history of the Second World War. Penguin Books. ISBN 978 0 141 02928 3. (2010). Page 112
- Willmott, H.P., Robin Cross and Charles Messenger. DK Illustrated Guide to World War II. Dorling Kindersley Limited. 2012 reprint. ISBN 978 1 4093 7649 1 Page 93
- Willmott, H.P., Robin Cross and Charles Messenger. Page 94.