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Greece : February to April 1941 / Michael Tyquin
Bib ID 6453609
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Tyquin, Michael B. (Michael Bernard), 1952-, author
Description Sydney : Big Sky Publishing, 2014 
vi, 157 pages : illustrations (some colour), maps, portraits ; 25 cm. 
ISBN 9781922132611 (paperback)

Australian army campaigns series ; 13.


As with the failed attempt to seize the Gallipoli peninsula in 1915, the allied campaign to assist Greece against a seemingly invincible German juggernaut was poorly conceived and probably doomed even as plans were made to assist that country. Like any campaign, however, it holds lessons for the contemporary student of strategy, tactics and history. Greece presented singular geographic difficulties for the defending forces, its mountainous defiles dictating the distribution of ports, road and rail routes. The primitive state of the national infrastructure did little to help a long-term defensive posture. Operations in Greece proved to be a nightmare, particularly for logistics units, which struggled with primitive communication systems in rugged terrain over which the enemy enjoyed total air superiority. Poor liaison between the Greek and Commonwealth forces did not help matters, nor was the force deployed adequate for its task. The allies never enjoyed air superiority, nor could they consolidate any in-depth defence in time to be effective. The official British history of the campaign stated that the 'British campaign on the mainland of Greece was from start to finish a withdrawal'. Greece: February to April 1941 explores these complexities, and mistakes through the eyes of the Australian Army Medical Corps.

Partial contents
  • Chapter 1. The political and strategic background
  • chapter 2. Operation Marita and the planned allied response
  • chapter 3. The first phase, and allied withdrawal
  • chapter 4. The last days
  • chapter 5. The evacuation
  • chapter 6. Naval and aviation support
  • chapter 7. Assessment and observations
  • Appendix A. Greek (Hellenic) army order of battle 6 April 1941.

Army History Unit, protecting Army heritage, promoting Army history-- At foot of title page.

Includes bibliographical references (page 147) and index.

Subjects World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Greece.  |  World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Greece -- Crete.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Australia. Department of Defence. Army History Unit, issuing body


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