Diggers and Greeks - The Australian campaigns in Greece and Crete

Maria Hill

Little is known of the reasons that Australia committed troops to Greece during the Second World War. Australian historians have previously neglected the Greek and Crete campaigns and what has been written until now, has ignored the Greek side of the story. Never before has the impact of fifth-column activity on Australia’s military relationship with Greece been investigated. This compelling book combines details of the campaigns with an account of the response of Greeks and Cretans to the Allied forces on their soil. It reveals the personal relations that developed between Australian soldiers and Greek civilians and soldiers; these were sometimes hostile but in other cases developed into friendships that lasted decades after the war had finished.

Hard cover, photographs, 479 pages.