Events occurring on Sunday, April 20, 1941  
  The German Invasion of Greece  
  The commander of the Greek forces in Albania, General Georgios Tsolakoglou, realized the hopelessness of the situation and offered to surrender his army, which then consisted of fourteen divisions. Tsolakoglou was so determined to deny the Italians the satisfaction of a victory he felt they had not earned that he opened an unauthorized parley with the commander of the German SS division opposite him, SS Obergruppenführer Josef “Sepp” Dietrich, to arrange a surrender to the Germans alone. On strict orders from Hitler negotiations were kept secret from the Italians, and the surrender was accepted. Outraged by this decision Mussolini ordered counterattacks against the Greek forces, which were repulsed. It took personal representation from Mussolini to Hitler to bring together an armistice in which Italy was included on April 23.  
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  The unescorted British steam merchant Empire Endurance was torpedoed and sunk by the U-73, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Helmut Rosenbaum, 73 southwest of Rockall in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 65 died and 29 survivors were picked up by the corvette HMCS Trillium (K 172. The 8,570 ton Empire Endurance was carrying general cargo, military stores, and two motor launches as deck cargo and was bound for Alexandria, Egypt.  
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