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The Cyprus Emergency: The Divided Island 1955 - 1974 Hardcover – Illustrated, 18 Nov 2010

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military; First Edition, First Printing edition (18 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848842228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848842229
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.5 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 711,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nick van der Bijl is a regular author for Pen and Sword with his books on the Falklands War and more recently Operation BANNER (Northern Ireland) and Confrontation. He lives near Bristol.


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I must admit to having found this book thoroughly disappointing.

Boldly titled 'The Cyprus Emergency'; which, by definition covered the four year period of the EOKA rebellion, April 1955 - March 1959; it also has a sub title, 'The Divided Island 1955 - 1974.'

By including the 14 year post Independence period up to and including the'Turkish Intervention',one might assume that the book would tell the story of what occurred during this period. It does not. Why the author chose to include this period in a book ostensibly about the Emergency is a mystery.

Throughout, the book relies heavily on bare facts; for instance, exhaustive details of the arrivals and departures of military units and changes of command, but little in the way of narrative accounts of what they actually did.

Similarly; on the EOKA side, whilst Grivas takes centre stage, from whichever cave or hole in the ground he happened to be hiding in, and Grigoris Axfentiou is portrayed as being EOKA's main hero; whilst simultaneously, a thorn in Grivas' side, we learn little of the rest.

Considering his dual reputation, first as EOKA's psychopathic killer of Britons, and subsequently as leader of his own Greek Cypriot murder gang intent on the liquidation of the Turkish Cypriot presence from the island, Nicos Sampson's activities are given little mention.
Following his nomination by the coupists as 'President of Cyprus' during the 1974 Greek Army/ Cyprus National Guard coup that deposed Makarios; it was Sampson's fearsome reputation amongst the Turkish Cypriots that is regarded as the catalyst for Turkey's intervention on the island.
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By P. Waller VINE VOICE on 27 Mar. 2012
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Whilst it is detailed to a miniscule degree in regiments and who was who, it seems to just skirt the years between 1959 to 1974. I lived with my family in Limassol from 1971 to 1975 working for HMG at RAF Akrotiri. We went through the Eoka B problems as they were happening all around us. I recall leaving the house to go Polemedhia Sgts. Mess (the British UN contingent base) only for a Greek Cypriot to step out into the road with a sten gun and ask where we were going. He realised by my number plates I was a Brit. He suggested I take another route as Eoka B were holding a meeting further up the road. Eoka B were no problem this time for the British, it was Greek Cypriot against Greek Cypriot.

We were not too far away from Limassol police station when it was blown up. It certainly rattled our windows. Another occasion when 'Black Mak's' police as they were known got onto our roof and houses around us an into gardens and told us to keep out of the way. The Greek Cypriot behind us arrived home and they pounced. In his water tank on the roof were wrapped guns etc. Another, a Greek Cypriot's house near the then NAAFI. All the roads cordened off with Cypol and Brit military police. It turned out they had found hand grenades painted orange hung in amongst the oranges in some orange trees in his garden. The house was blown up.

During my years there and it had been ongoing certainly for many years before, no Greek Cypriots were allowed to work for HMG in any secure areas though Turkish Cypriots were to a certain level. The RAF Auxillary police were all Turkish, no Greek Cypriots were allowed. These did duties that the RAF Police did in patrol and aircraft guarding with or without dogs.
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I found this book informative and helpful in understanding the difficulties for all communities in post war Cyprus. A balanced work, with an easy style, I'd recommend it to anyone seeking a deeper knowledge of an island more recently perceived as a destination for a good party (or wedding)!
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The book was very informative although thei narrative could have done with a little more flesh on it. The soldiers named who had been killed or injured appeared as from a military list without any background to their lives. The conditions in the camps of the soldiers could have had more information.
It was interesting to read about the political machinations of the USA and their role in the partitioning of the island
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A useful additional insight into the whole Cyprus problem. Should be read in conjunction with 'Island in Revolt' by Charles Foley, 'The memoirs of General Grivas', 'Makarios: Faith and Power', 'The Genocide Files' by Harry Scott Gibbons, and others. I would take minor issue with the final para on page 192 which omits the fact that "one bus load of 20(Greek Cypriot) men was caught in oppostion crossfire (also Greek Cypriot!) at Kolossi crossroads and killed" (Page 3 - booklet "RAF Episkopi Cyprus Emergency 1974" a booklet produced internally by RAF episkopi some while later) and also take issue with the statement page 193 line 8 "The families moved into empty married quarters or stayed with friends" An empty married qaurter at Episkopi would have been a rarity! In fact on Sat 20th July, servicemen and their dependants were evacuated from Limassol to Episkopi and were allocated to occupied married quarters to the extent that a 3 bedroomed quarter had to accommodated as many as 20 people (including the normal occupants).(Page 7 - booklet "RAF Episkopi Cyprus Emergency 1974") Service husbands did not get accommodated with their families - they were accomodated at their place of work. I can vouch for this as I was one of them!
Nevertheless this is a book you must read to help understand the complexities of the island - then you must visit (North and South) A must is the museum (which is mainly about the 1974 Turkish Invasion) within the Turkish military building (HQ?) in Nicosia (if you come in from the North through Kyrenia Gate, turn left within the walls and it is about 300yds on the left just after the public toilets.
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