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The Aegean Mission: Allied Operations in the Dodecanese, 1943 (Contributions in Military Studies) [Hardcover]

Major-General Owen , Jeffrey Holland

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24 Aug 1988 Contributions in Military Studies (Book 77)
This well-researched study explores a virtually unknown and largely enigmatic aspect of World War II--the nature of amphibious operations in the Aegean Sea in 1943. More than an historical account, it is designed to interpret and reassess the crucial decisions which influenced the outcome of what has become known as the Dodecanese Disaster. The British operations in the Aegean at that time present many parallels with the recent conflict in the Falklands in terms of scale and order of battle, the critical difference being that operations in the Aegean resulted in tragic failure. The author leads the reader through a web of intrigue, incompetence, fantasy, and cover-up to find the truth. He vividly portrays the tensions between American and British perspectives in the strategy for the war against Germany.

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"In recent years, American historians have begun, belatedly, to focus on the Dodecanese campaign of late 1943 and to evaluate its significant political and strategic ramifications. Progress in understanding the campaign has been made, but basic questions remain. . . . Jeffrey Holland, in the The Aegean Mission addresses these questions anew and combines the broader issues with an important and revealing study of the Kos and Leros battles themseleves. Holland's analysis is objective and fresh. While he suggests no answers to controversies which essentially cannot be answered, he significantly enlarges our understanding of this obscure but vital subject. I could not put this book down, and I predict that The Aegean Mission will stand as a prime reference on the fateful controversy it covers for many years to come."-David Eisenhower

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The Dodecanese, also known as the Southern Sporades, is a group of twelve islands, lying off the south-west coast of Anatolia. Read the first page
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