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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (1 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811735192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811735193
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 509,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 5 Nov. 2012
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Just as it takes two people to push up the price of an item sold at auction so it took two people to fight over the Aegean during WW2 and, in the latter case, those two people were Churchill & Hitler! On the one hand Churchill hoped to draw neutral Turkey into the War - on the side of the Allies, whereas Hitler wanted the Turks to remain neutral. Domination of the nearby Greek Islands was the key to military success and in this particular race - it was Churchill who lost...

We all know that history is written by those who win the wars which plague our planet. Perhaps, therefore, it is because the Allies won the overall war that historians have chosen `not' to mention this particular `failure along the way.' I note one American reviewer mentions that this particular war is unknown to America readers. Let me confirm, it is also virtually unknown to the British as well!

Renowned historian Peter C. Smith has teamed up with someone who is wholly unknown to me (Edwin R. Walker) in order to provide an inspired account of this little-known debacle from WW2. Axis Forces in North Africa had been defeated when the Allies invaded Sicily in July 1943. Six weeks of bitter fighting later, the enemy was again beaten. In September American and British forces then landed on the Italian mainland as the overall drive towards Nazi Germany' capitulation continued. Elsewhere, the Germans were losing on all fronts - especially in Russia, and yet, almost against all odds, their forces were still victorious in Greece - where they even managed one successful final airborne assault!

In a well constructed work, the authors take the time to provide the reader with a full understanding of the political thinking of the day and the differing views between the Allies.
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By BLT on 2 May 2013
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Little is known on this short and bloody campaign. Very few books are to be found on this theatre of operations.

"After the Batlle" series, excellent as always, treats of the battle of Leros in detail with plenty of rare photographs.

Believe it or not only one single map is proposed. The Aegean sea is littered with islands of all sorts and size and all you get is just one map, and to add insult to injury of poor quality and little interest.
The Dodecanese islands most definitely demand a map. Imagine there's not even a map of the island of Leros where the fighting lasted the longest. None of the islands of Cos, Samos or Rhodes. Up to you to figure out their features, contours, peculiarities and defenses.

Another major omission is the scarcity of infos divulged on the German forces. I would dream to read about The Brandenburgers, the Fallschirmmjäger drop and the Küstenjäger landings.
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By Crossfire on 22 July 2014
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Very informative book about a little-reported aspect of WW2.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tonyeeee54 on 18 Aug. 2013
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This part of WWII was always a sideshow to the main events being played out elsewhere. What is clear is the mistakes made by all sides connected in this remote part of the war with Germany. An interesting read,and well researched.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr O A Bevan on 13 Jun. 2013
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Book in A1 condition and arrived very quickly. The book it's self provided a fascinating insight in to the battle for Kos and Leros in 1943.
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