Battle of Vevi (Veve)
|Conflict||Second World War, 1939-1945|
|Date from||9 April 1941|
|Date to||12 April 1941|
Vevi (Veve), approximately 16 kilometres south of the Yugoslav border in northern Greece, was the site of the first engagement between Australian and German troops in the Greek campaign. Vevi stands at the narrow end of the Monastir Valley and at the head of a pass, surrounded by steep hills, which carries both the road and railway south through the mountains. It was a strong natural defensive position. On 9 April 1941, troops from the 2/4th and 2/8th Australian Infantry Battalions, and the 1st Battalion, the Rangers, supported by elements of the 2/1st Australian Anti-Tank Regiment, the 2nd Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery, and the 27th New Zealand (Machine Gun) Battalion began taking up positions at Vevi. Their job was to hold the advancing Germans long enough to allow the withdrawal of Greek forces in Macedonia and Albania and the preparation of a new defensive position along the line of the Aliakmon River further to the south.