Greece WWII - books

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  1. Goatman

    Goatman LE Book Reviewer

    Having just come back from a holiday in the Ionian, I got interested in the WWII campaign for Greece.

    The attached booklist from MoD Library is a start but if you know of a good book which covers the campaign I'd be interested to hear of others:

    Grateful for any additions,


    Le Chevre
  2. Air War over Yugoslavia , Greece and Crete . Chris Shores.

    Publisher: Grub Street
    Language: English
    ISBN: 0948817070

    Covers the Airwar from beating the Italians in '40 , to the German offensive in 1941. Also includes in depth detail of the Paratroop assault and the Germans deliberately crashing 52's on the airfield at Heraklion , to get troops into the fight.

    Includes full detail and background to the "last great act of defiance" of the RAF over Athens in 1941 , where 14 Hurricanes took on 200+ Gernans. One of the 14 pilots that day was Roald Dahl. Massive well researched tome, well worth the money.
  3. Kurt Mayer's Book "Grenadier" contains a chapter on Greece.
  4. Goatman

    Goatman LE Book Reviewer

    On the way back from the Sandbox two years ago, the good ship Sir Galahad stopped in Crete ( Soudha) and I rent-a-biked to Maleme, the airfield where much of the German airborne assault took place. Still a Greek military facility and ironically they were parachuting onto it the day I was there.

    Visited the German war cemetery - iirc 6,000 dead. Some slightly contentious memorial 'history'.

    Steep butcher's bill for what it turned out was a strategically non significant asset.....Also put the Nazi High Command off using paratroops against determined ground defence for the duration of the war....the Cretans subsequently maintained resistance for the duration.

    ( That said, any Wehrmacht trooper who got posted to the Greek islands instead of the East must have counted himself a lucky lad....beautiful part of the world)

    Lee Shaver