Wartime Magazine Issue 54


Defiance, 1941: Tobruk, Greece and Crete. In 1941 Australian forces fought their first major battles of the Second World War. It was to be a year of mixed fortunes. This issue of Wartime looks at the Australian experience during these defiant campaigns on the land, in the air and on the sea.

  • The Great siege by Karl James. Tobruk's defiant defenders withstood repeated enemy attack, endured searing heat and dust storms, and created a legend.
  • The Grecian disaster by Karl James. The ill-fated Greek campaign was one long withdrawal.
  • Unacknowledged heroes by Greg Gilbert. Australians made a valiant contribution to the air war over Greece.
  • Courage amid chaos by Maria Hill. The Greek people supported Australian troops through the harshest times.
  • The personal view by Ally Roche. Changes in technology aided the vision of war photographer George Silk.
  • Jump onto Retimo airfield by Brad Manera. German paratroopers in Crete got more than they bargained for.
  • A star over Crete? By Anthony Staunton. Recognition for service on Crete has been a complex and sensitive issue.
  • Operation demon by Richard Pelvin. The evacuation of Greece was a tough test for the Australian navy.
    By Richard Pelvin
  • Tragedy of two brothers by Peter Burness. The letters of Norman and Douglas Bethune, of the 8th Light Horse Regiment, reveal extraordinary deeds by ordinary soldiers in the Great War.
  • War artist at work by Bridie Macgillicuddy. Frank Norton captured the act of serving in war. He was the first official artist commissioned by the Australian War Memorial specifically to document Australia’s naval activities during wartime.
  • Out from the trenches by Craig Blanch. Varied fates awaited Victoria Cross-holders when they returned to civilian life after the Great War.
  • Australia's newest Victoria Cross by Elizabeth Stewart. The story of Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith VC, emerges from Afghanistan.
  • Soft cover, fully illustrated, 75 pages.

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