The Cyprus Emergency: The Divided Island 1955 - 1974 Hardcover – Illustrated, 18 Nov 2010
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
It was interesting to read about the political machinations of the USA and their role in the partitioning of the island
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I never realised before what happened with the Cyprus situation. This book has certainly enlightened me and my husband. We now understand a bit more about it.Published on 18 Jan. 2014 by christina
The best book I have ever read on the Cyprus Emergency, Almost but not quite accurate. But still a great source of Information.Published on 24 Sept. 2013 by tony stephenson
This book lifts the lid on what happened in Cyprus and why it remains divided to this day. Well researched and well written.Published on 30 Jun. 2013 by Mr. R. A. Millard
As an RAF airman I was stationed at Ayios Nikolaos for tw and a half years.
The book sums up perfectly what went on and even gets right how we felt on losoing... Read more