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This area was assigned to the Middle East Command in Cairo, which had been drained of forces for the build-up to OVERLORD, the forthcoming invasion of northern France. Churchill felt that the emphasis on OVERLORD would result in missed opportunities for action against the Germans in the Balkans in the months before May 1944. ' 58 In this atmosphere, it is hardly surprising that Churchill was unhappy with the proposal to restrain the King. '5 9 The problem was discussed again in the War Cabinet that same day, 22 November.
These seven men of differing political views began a strenuous attack on the policies of the Government-in-Exile, urging a more representative cabinet and a statement by the King that he would not return to Greece without a plebiscite. As a result of these demands and talks with Myers and Wallace, Leeper cabled to London that the case against the King was very strong. Tsouderos believed that a broad coalition representing most factions in Greece could be formed only if the King would agree not to return before a plebiscite.
48 The King should be prevailed upon to appoint a regency council headed by Damaskinos and including prominent Greeks in Athens, such as the Chief of Police. Once the Germans departed, this council would constitute a legal authority with which the British military could work. It was implied that the regency council would act for the King and thus obviate any need for his return prior to a plebiscite. The Foreign Office staff were not enthusiastic about this scheme, doubting both Plastiras's chances of gaining control over the resistance, and the value of Damaskinos's influence.