AU$59.95, MARCH 2010
UNSW Press, 496pp, HB,
Did you know?
83% of the Australian soldiers captured by the Italians and Germans came from the Greek and Crete campaigns?
That the Australians who fought on the Greek mainland were the only ‘Anzac corps’ to fight in World War Two?
That the campaign in Greece is regarded as the ‘Second Gallipoli’, yet is rarely discussed and often ignored?
The Diggers who fought in Greece and Crete were never issued with a campaign medal?
The soldiers were forbidden for many years to wear the medal issued to them by the Greek government on Anzac Day?
The Aussies endured some of the worst aerial bombardment of World War Two, causing many to suffer from war neurosis or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
That Greece was rife with ‘fifth columnists’ or German collaborators and sympathizers who did not want to fight the Germans?
The relationship they developed with the Greek people during the war, saved over one thousand Australian lives?