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Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939 – 45 To Greece by W G McClymont, Published by War History Branch Department of Internal Affairs, 1959, 1st Edition, Hardcover, Pgs 539, b&w photos, maps, foldout maps, appendices, , glossary, bibliography, index.

Condition: Dust jacket (in protective cover) has edge chips and some loss top and bottom of folds, also rear top edge, surface tear mid left of cover photo (see photo), faint stain rear top fold corner. Binding and boards in good overall condition, faint rubbing at base of spine, original glue line show faintly in front endpaper crease. No markings or inscriptions within, clean and tidy throughout.


This volume records details of New Zealand’s involvement in the campaign in Greece, in particular during April 1941. An insight is given as to the politics that came into play with respect to deployment decisions and were a significant factor in the campaigns failure. Some crucial information and the opportunity for the New Zealand Government to be involved in decision making that involved our troups was very limited and the the attempt to occupy Greece a gamble. The withdrawal lacked air support and was a tightly scheduled affair in the face of 10 advancing German divisions. Chapters include: The First Echelon, The Second Echelon, Third Echelon Joins the First, The First Libyan Campaign, 1940 – 41, Assembly and Training of the New Zealand Division, The Balkan Front, W Force Moves into Position, The Germans Invade Greece, The Monaster Gap, The Greek Front Begins to Crumble, The New Zealand Division Goes into Action, The Defence of the Passes 14 –17 April, The Critical Days, 17 – 18 April, The Pinios Gorge, The Preparation of the Thermopylae Line, The Evacuation From Greece Begins, The Defence of Brallos and Thermopylae Passes, 24 April, The First Stages of the Evacuation, The Corinth Canal, The Evacuation Continues, Kalamata, 2 NZEF in North Africa, April – May 1941.
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