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Turkey is a country located partly in southeastern Europe and partly in western Asia. During WWII, it became a member of the Allies in 1945 after remaining neutral for most of the war.[N 1]


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.[2] The Turks were convinced to remain netural by the subsequent overrunning of the Balkans by Germany.[3]



  1. This was despite the efforts of both the Allies and the Axis to entice Turkey into siding with them.[1]


  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Willmott, H.P., Robin Cross and Charles Messenger. Page 94.

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