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Forgotten Anzacs: the campaign in Greece and Crete, 1941

by: Peter Ewer
published by: Scribe Publications

The term Anzac is synonymous with the Gallipoli campaign, yet a generation later (the only other time in history) the Australians and New Zealanders joined forces again to form an Anzac Corps in the 1941 campaign in Greece.

Forgotten Anzacs describes that fateful campaign the Anzacs were desperately outnumbered, and fighting in deeply inhospitable conditions. They found themselves in a long retreat through Greece, under constant air attack. Most of the Anzac Corps was evacuated by the end of April, but many men got only as far as Crete. Fighting a German paratroop invasion there in May, large numbers were taken captive and spent four long years as prisoners of the Nazis.

As author Peter Ewer explains, the campaign in Greece turned out to have uncanny parallels to the original Gallipoli operation: both were inspired by Winston Churchill, both were badly planned by British military leaders and both ended in defeat and evacuation. British bungling at Gallipoli was one thing; but in Greece, Churchill authorised his commanders to leave the Anzacs to their fate if their rescue compromised wider British interests.

Until now, there has been no history on the campaign in Greece and Crete written from a truly Anzac perspective. Based on rarely accessed archives and interviews with Australian, Greek, and New Zealand veterans, Forgotten Anzacs gives overdue recognition to the brave, forgotten Anzacs of 1941.

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RRP: $39.95


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