Greece and Crete, 1941 by Christopher Buckley
(Pub: Efstathiadis Group,
A detailed account of these two campaigns, written shortly after the war ended.
(Obtainable from Amazon books for £3.99 plus £2.75 p&p.)
Crete, 1941: The Battle at Sea by David A.
(Pub: Efstathiadis Group,
A detailed account of the naval; actions around Greece and Crete in April and May, 1941.
(I bought my copy in a book shop in Crete for 10 Euros but it is obtainable from Amazon books for £10.79.)
An account of Ernest Edwards' journey from his home in Norfolk in 1940 to North Africa and then Greece, to be left on the beach at Kalamata. From there he was taken to Stalag 18D in Marburg, and on to several Work Camps, finishing the war in Markt Pongau before finally returning home in 1945.
Proceeds from the sale of this book (price £5 including postage) go to Museum 4 Watton, Norfolk. For details, contact here.
Dear Alison edited by Simon Pollard
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. On the face of it, it details the experiences of Dudley Muff, a Private in the 20th Bn., 2NZEF, as a POW in Stalag 18B and Stalag 383. What makes the book quite unique is that Dudley wrote the diary for his 4 year-old neice, Alison, and filled the pages with cartoons and little stories. It is a delight to read on many levels. I've included a sample page above.
(My copy was a gift from Lance Green, son of Percy Green, S/Sgt, 22nd Bn. 2NZEF. Amazon don't seem to be selling it yet, but a Google search indicated that there are some NZ websites offering the book.)
Arbeitskommando by Elvet Williams
A very readable account of Mr Williams' experiences from capture on Crete, through Stalag 18A and various Work Camps up to his successful escape through Yugoslavia in 1944.
(I got hold of a second-hand copy for about £5.00, including p&p, through Amazon.)
In Captivity 1941-1945 by Ken Willmott
Ken's rather wry view of life in Stalag 18A. Very readable.
(Sadly, Ken died in 2011, aged 97. The book is no longer in print. Secondhand copies may still be available.)
The Joy of Freedom by Eric Fearnside
Eric's account of his life from being called up until his release in 1945. A lot of information
on the entertainment in Stalag 18A.
Tell Them We Were Here, Volumes 1 and 2 by Edwin Horlington
Originally printed in two volumes, now combined into one book, this is an
account of the first-hand experiences of servicemen in Greece in 1941 and
later in captivity. Edwin managed to escape from Kalamata on the last ship to
Copies are available by sending £16.95 to
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Forty men - Eight horses by Douglas Arthur
A very readable account by Doug of the 106th Lancashire Hussars (Yeomanry) Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery,
taking him through the retreat in Greece and capture in Crete and on to a number of Work Camps and Stalag 18A itself.
(Available on Kindle, £2.48.)
Khaki & Cowdung by Jack Wentworth Ansell
Jack's personal account of the Greek Campaign and his subsequent experiences as
a POW, first in Stalag 18D at Marburg and then on a number of Austrian farms.
Escape from Stalag 18A by George Morley
A short and lively account of George's experiences from joining up in Melbourne,
capture in Greece and numerous attempts to escape until finally successful with
the help of Yugoslav Partisans.
(Purchase details available from www.meni.com.au)
A kind of cattle by Barney Roberts
A poignant and
poetic memoir of Barney's journey from his home in Tasmania, taken prisoner in
Greece and his time with a farming community in Austria.
(Available from Amazon for prices around £7.00)
Barbed Wire & Balkans by Eric Bardsley
A well-written account of Eric's experiences from joining the Royal Signals,
through Egypt and Greece, as a POW in Austria and then the long journey home via
the Russian port of Odessa. Some excellent drawings.
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Price: £7.99 + £1.30 p&p. Cheques payable to 'Bannister Publications Ltd'.
The War Story of Soldier 124280 by Mike Sadler
A very detailed, thoughtful account relating Mike's experiences from joining the
26th Field Regiment, South African Artillery, age 17, through capture at
Tobruk and being a POW in both Italy and Austria.
Available from: www.mikesadlerbooks.com
Dangerous Days by Ernest Brough
Ernie Brough fought at the siege of Tobruk and El Alamein, where he was taken
prisoner. POW camps in Italy and Austria followed. He then escaped from a Work
Camp near Graz and joined the Yugoslav Partisans. He was awarded the Military
Medal for his exploits.
Harper Collins Publishers
Price: £17.27 from Amazon but a copy available at £4.45 (August 2012)
A Long Way Home by Charles Granquist
Charles' account begins with his early life in Blaxland in the Blue Mountains
of New South Wales. At the start of the war, he lied about his age to get into
the infantry, serving in North Africa and Greece before becoming a POW. He
escaped several times and returned to Australia with his Russian war bride. Well
Big Sky Publishing
Price: £5.85 from Amazon (January 2014)
He was a good soldier by Lionel Bigmore
The story of Lionel James Bigmore, as told to Carol Mules and Shane Browning in June 2003. In a series of conversations, Lionel recounts his life from early days in Victoria through his experiences as a soldier in North Africa and Greece, as a POW in Austria, and finally back to Australia in 1945.
Available as a PDF download (5Mb)
A Journey through a Minefield by Stuart Blofeld
A well-written fictionised (names of people and places changed) account of
Stuart's experiences from being wounded and captured in Greece, through his time
working on farms in Austria, where he met and fell in love with an Austrian
girl. The latter part of the book deals with the experiences of the Austrian
people when the Russian troops arrived and his successful attempt to get himself
and his then wife away from the Russian zone to the British sector.
Price: £1.44 from Amazon (August 2015)