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Preface; Introduction: Why are the Greek campaigns not remembered?; 1 Greece: The Second Gallipoli?; 2 Australia and the Greek campaign: Trickery and Deception; 3 Spies, Treachery and the Greek-Australian Military Alliance; 4 The Australian campaign on the Greek mainland; 5 Sheilas, Nightclubs & Boozing the Australian soldiers in Athens; 6 Diggers and Greeks: relations between Aussies and their allies; 7 The Battle for Crete: why was it lost?; 8 The Australian Campaign at Rethymnon, Crete; 9 The Cretan People; 10 Australian soldiers on Crete: Indiscipline & Larrikinism; 11 Behind Enemy Lines: 'Evaders' & 'Escapers'; 12 Escape from Greece: Diggers and their Greek helpers; 13 Australians on the run in Crete; Conclusion: Relationships in Wartime.

About the Author

Dr Maria Hill is a professional historian, educational consultant and the first Greek-Australian to write about the Australian campaigns in Greece and Crete. She is a former award-winning high school teacher whose publication Federation: Inclusion and Exclusion for the NSW Department of Education and Training earned her a Commonwealth Centenary Medal in 2003. She was also the recipient of the State and National Discovering Democracy Award in 2001and is the author with Ian Bickerton of Contested Spaces: The Historiography of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (2003). Currently she is Visiting Fellow at The Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra.


"Hill considers existing accounts of the Greek and Crete campaigns alongside the Greek version of events. She offers a new understanding of those campaigns, to an extent where I doubt that existing interpretations can be viewed as the whole story anymore." Dr. Christopher Clarke, RAAF Historian and head of the Office of Air Force History, Air Power Development Centre, Tuggeranongg"

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