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RRP AU$59.95, MARCH 2010
ISBN 9781742230146
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?