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Military Historical Society of Australia
Victoria Branch

23rd February 2010

Diggers and Greeks


Greek-Australian author and military historian Dr. Maria Hill will be one of the highlight speakers at the Military Historical Society of Australia national conference at Box Hill in April 2010. She will be presenting on the almost forgotten Australian campaigns in Greece and Crete.

Placing the human dimension in front of the campaign story, Dr. Hill will show why 83% of the Australian soldiers captured by the Italians and Germans came from the Greek and Crete campaigns, but how the relationship between Diggers and Greeks saved over one thousand Australian lives.

She will also explain why the campaigns have been ignored over the years and why a campaign medal was never issued for the operations in Greek and Crete; even to the point of Australian servicemen for many years not being allowed to wear the Greek government decoration on Anzac Day.

Dr. Hill’s new book ‘Diggers and Greeks’ will be available at the Conference, which will be held at the Box Hill RSL over 3-5th April 2010. A Visiting Fellow at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Dr. Hill is one of a number of interesting speakers at the Conference, which draws academic, professional and amateur military historians alike to discuss a wide range of topics from the colonial period to the war in Iraq.

The Conference is open to members of the public who may wish to attend in part or all of the Conference. Programme details and Conference registration can be found at

For interviews, Dr. Hill can be contacted via email. Please go to the contact page of this website for futher details.

The MHSA Conference Convener is Mr. Andrew Kilsby – 03 9563 0089 or email



Diggers and Greeks Dr Maria Hill
Book Cover Dr. Maria Hill