These are a few stories my father told me about WWII in Greece. The first three were told him by his father, a veteran of the fighting at Pindus in Greece and Albania against the Italians. The last he experienced himself, as a child of 2-3 (born 1943), possibly after WWII ended and the Greek Civil War was happening.
1. Somebody was on guard duty, during a snowy night, and it was difficult to see. The guard heard some noise in front of him, and he became nervous. Then a boar ran by, and he relaxed.
2. Somebody was in a vineyard, in the winter, when a small group of Italians came close by. He did not have a rifle with him, so he grabbed a piece of thick crooked vine that looked like one. When the Italians were close enough, he jumped out with the vine and shouted, "Alt!" ("Stop!") and the Italians ran away.
3. The Communist Greeks, at the end of the war or just after, threatened to cut off my grandfather's head. They put him on a stump to do it, but he told them something and they let him go.
4. My father's family lived in a small house with a vineyard, outside of Alexandroupolis in northeast Greece. It was the middle of the night when his dad heard "the Communists" passing through their property. His dad told them to turn out the light and hide under the bed. The Communists walked by the house and looked in the windows, but kept going. Later that night they blew up a train station and a flour mill. My father specifically remembers the fear as the men walked by the windows. After this incident, they moved into the city.