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Books about the Battle of Crete continue to be written by authors based in the United Kingdom, Greece, New Zealand, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and America to name but a few sources. Whilst many have been pubished by recognised pubishers, I am happy to say that a good many veterans have had their work pubished privately. (I refuse to use the phrase 'vanity press' for such works)

I am aware that many families have accounts of a relatives time in the Battle of Crete, and or their subsequent imprisonment or other theatres of war but cannot afford to get them pubished. I want  them to know there is a place for them all here. Just provide me with the copy and I'll pubish them here for you if you would like.

My own collection is fairly extensive, mainly thanks to generous and well informed friends - but I am always interested to learn of new titles. Anyone who has been interested in the Battle of Crete will know that the interest leads on to other areas. As a consequence, in my case, my interest and my books reflect a wider interest in Greece in general, in the Balkans, in the Special Operations Executive (S.O.E.) especially, and pretty much anything remotely connected with any of the above and some of the people who become favourite authors.

Those who have pubished themselves, or through lesser known pubishers include the following.

Tell Them We Were Here. Vols 1 (1991) and 2 (1998) by Edward Horlington. Compilations of individual veteran's own tales. ISBN 0 9518393 0 6 and 0951 8393-14 

The Road to Prevelly by the Australian with close connections to Pevelli, Geoffrey Edwards  ISBN 0-7316-7174-0 (1989)

In Captivity April1941-May 1945 Ken Willmott ISBN 0 9529772 0 6

Nor Iron Bars Memories of a POW 1941-1945 John Inskipp no ISBN No 2004

Seagulls in my Belfry Rear Admiral CC Anderson Pentland Press ISBN 1 85821 461 0 (1977)

The Shadow on My Evening. Albert Miles Vanguard Press ISBN 1 903489 22 9 2001 (2001)

Not As A Duty Only . An Infantryman's War. Henry (Jo Gullett) Melbourne University Press (1976) ISBN  0 522 84280 1

The Last Trip David Holmes (1994) ISBN 0 86303 700 3

Kalamata Beach 28 April 1941.. and its aftermath for one soldier. The memoirs of Ernest Edwards. Tai Posses. 

A Memoir from Music to Wars. Lt Col Andrew Wilkie Brown MBE. pub A W Brown  2001 ISBN 0-9541780-0-9

Beneath the Surface. Seg Walker. pub Merlin Books (1991) ISBN 0-86303-533-7

Crete was my Waterloo. Neville Chesterton. pub Janus (1995) ISBN 1 85756 198 8

Harling Mission -1942 (The Gorgopotamos Operation) Themi Marinos (ENG Ver) Undated

 

Those by more main stream publishers include;-

Operation Mercury. (several editions) M C Comeau MM . pub Patrick Stephens Ltd 1991 ISBN 1 85260 389 5

Escape to Live. Edward Howell pub Longmans

Scrap Iron Flotilla  John F Moyes. pub N.S.W. Bookstall. undated. 

Spectator in Hell. Colin Rushton (Service in North Africa and Auschwitz)

Battle of the Wine Dark Sea. The Aegean Campaign 1940- 1945 Lew Lind. Kangaroo Press. (1994) ISBN 0-86417-562-0

It Is Bliss Here. Letters Home 1939-1945. Myles Hildyard. pub Blomsbury (2005) ISBN 0 7475 8120 7

Vasili The Lion of Crete. Murray Elliot. pub Century Hutchinson (1987) ISBN 0 09 173688 9

Almost a Hero. Alex Clark. pub Gopher. (201) ISBN  90-76249-96-2

The Smoke Screen of Jutland. Commander John Irving. pub Kimber 

ELAS Greek Resistance Army. Sarafis pub Merlin Press. (1980) 

The Diaries of Lord Louis Mountbatten 1920- 1922. Zeigler. pub Collins  (1987) ISBN  0-00-217608-4

Ten Days to Destiny. The Battle of Crete. Kiriakopoulos. pub Watts (1985) ISBN 0-531-09785-4

Bless Our Ship. Mountbatten and the Kelly. Hugh. pub Hodder and Stoughton (1991) ISBN  0-340-54396-5

The Price of Surrender 1941: The War in Crete. Ernest Walker. pub Blandford ( 1992) ISBN 0-7137-22967

Apple of Discord. CM Woodhouse. pub. O'Neill (1985) 

H MZAXH THZ KPHTHZ The Battle of Crete. Panagiotakis pub (1995)

Battle of Crete . George Forty. pub Allan (2001) ISBN 0-7110-2758-7

Ill Met By Moonlight. William Stanley Moss. Numerous editions

Mediterranean Fleet Greece to Tripoli. Admiralty Account April 1941 to January 1943

When the lights went out . Oxfordshire 1939-1945 pub Oxon CC Libraries 1979 

Combat Operations 1940-1942. pub HMSO for Ministry of Information

Australian Army Journal No 10 Dec-Jan 1949-50

How the Enigma Secret was nearly lost. Gallehawk. Report No 11 (1998) The Bletchley Park Trust.

The Campaign in Greece and Crete. War Office 1942 HMSO

Byzantine Churches and Monasteries of Crete. Nikos Psilakis. pub Karmanor (1998)

Crete 1941 The Battle at Sea. David Thomas. pub Deutsch (1972) ISBN 0 233 96272 7

Xenia-A Memoir. Mary Henderson. pub Weidenfeld and Nicholson (1988) ISBN 0 297 79252 0

Operation Mercury. The Battle for Crete, 1941. Tony Simpson. pub Hodder and Stoughton (1981) ISBN 0 340 23118-1

Greece and the War in the Balkans (1940-41) Institute for Balkan Studies (1992)

ZigZag. Nicholas Both. pub Portrait (2007) ISBN0 7499 5156 7

Cairo in the War. 1939-1945. Artemis Cooper. pub Hamish Hamilton (also Penguin) (1989) ISBN 0 241 12671 1

Memories of a Mountain War Greece 1944-1949. Kenneth Matthews pub Longman  (1972) ISBN 0 582 10380 0

Galatas 1941. Courage in Vain. Lynn McConnell. pub Reed 92006) ISBN 10.0.7900 1049 6

Officers and Gentlemen. Evelyn Waugh. Penguin (1964 ISBN  0 14 118467 1

The Straights of War. Gallipolis Remembered. pub Sutton (2000) ISBN 0 7509 2408 X

Stalingrad. Antony Beevor. pub Penguin(1998) ISBN 0 14 02985 0

The Archeology of Crete. John Pendlebury. Pub Methuen (1979) ISBN 0 416 72590 2

A Sailors Odyssey. Viscount Cunningham pub Hutchinson (1951)

Raiders. Great Exploits if the Second World War. Laffin. pub Sutton  (1999) ISBN 0n 7509 1525 0

Crete The Battle and The Resistance. Beevor. pub Murray (and others) (1991) ISBN 0 7195 4857 8

The Colonel of Tarmarkan (re Bridge on the River Kwai. Julie Summers. pub Simon and Shultzer (2005) ISBN 0 7432 6350 2

A Tale of Two Battles Geoffrey Cox pub Kimber (1987) ISBN 0 7183 0642 2

The Battle for Spain. Beevor pub Phoenix (207)  ISBN 978 0 7358 2166 7

Operation Mercury The Fall of Crete 1941 Sadler pub Pen and Sword (2007) ISBN978  84415 383 1

Gubbins and SOE. Wilkinson and Astley pub Pen and Sword. (1993 ) ISBN 0 85052 556 X

Something Ventured C M Woodhouse pub Granada (1982) ISBN 0 246 11061 9 

A Don at War David Hunt pub Kimber (1966) ISBN

S.O.E. The Special Operations Executive 1940-46. MRD Foot pub BBC (1984) ISBN0 563 20193 2

Victory of a Sort The British in Greece 1941-46 E Smith pub Hale (1988) ISBN 0 7090 3290 0

The Second War. John Keegan. pub Pimlico (1997) ISBN  0 7126 7348 2

Hunters from the Sky. The Story of the German Parachute Regt. Charles Whiting pub Lee Cooper (1975) ISBN  0 85052 143 2

Room 3603. H Montgomery Hyde. pub Raffrar Straus (1963)

The Pegasus Diaries.  John Howard  & Penny Bates pub Pen & Sword (1998) ISBN 978 1 84415 882 9

Ten Days to Destiny The Battle for Crete Kiriakopoulos. pub Hellenic College (1997)  ISBN 0 917653 49 1

Special Boat Squadron Barrie Pitt. pub Century (1983) ISBN 0 7127 0180 2

SBS The Invisible Raiders James Ladd pub Arms & Armour (1983) ISBN 0 85683 592 2

Words of Mercury. Leigh Fermor Ed Cooper. pub John Murray (2003) ISBN  0 7195 6105 1

The Memoirs of Field Marshall Montgomery of Alamein. pub Collins (1958)

Special Operations. ED Howarth pub Routledge Kegan Paul (1955)

Inside the British Army. Beevor pub Chatto and Windus (1990) ISBN 0 7011 3465 8

Bombers versus Battleships. David Hamar. pub Conway (1998) ISBN 0 85177 771 6

A General History of Europe 1880-1945. John Roberts  pub Longman (1970) SBN  582 482143

Duel of Wits. Peter Churchill. pun Hodder & Stoughton (1953)

The Kelly. Kenneth Poolman. pub Kimber (1969) SBN 7183 0371 7

Submarine Torbay. Paul Chapman. pub Hale (1989) ISBN 0 7090 3821 6

At Sea Level. G W Searle. pub The Book Guild (1994) ISBN0 86332 897 0

Albanian Assignment. David Smiley. pub Lee Cooper (1975) ISBN 0 85052 181 5

Eastern Approaches. Fitzroy Maclean. pub Cape (1949)

Aegean Adventures 1940-1943 and the end of Churchill's dream. M W Parish pub The Book Guild (1993) ISBN 0 86332 788 5

War in The Island. Adrian Seligman. pub Sutton (1997)  ISBN 0 7509 1439 4

Crete 1941 Germany's lightning airborne assault. Peter Antill. pub Osprey (2005) ISBN 1 84176 844 8

Cretan Quests. British Explorers, Excavators and Historians. Ed Huxley. pub British School at Athens (2000)   ISBN 0 904887 37 5

One Palestine Complete. Tom Segev. pub Little Brown. (2000) ISBN 0 316 64859 0

One Man in His Time ( Lt Col McLean) Xan Fielding. pub Macmillan (190) ISBN 0 333 4807 3

The Nearest Way Home. Daphne Fielding. pub Eyre and Spotiswoode (1970) SBN 413 27490 X

The Rash Adventurer. A Life of John Pendlebury. Imogen Grundon pub Libri (2007) ISBN 1 901965 066

Perilous Commitments. Britain's involvement in Greece and Crete 1940 41. Matthew Willingham. pub Spellmount (2005) ISBN  1 86227 236 0

Stirling's Men. Gavin Mortimer. pub Weidenfeld & Nicholson (2004) ISBN 0 297 84712 0

Daedalus Returned, Crete 1941. Baron von Der Heyte. pub Hutchinson (1958)

Bitter Lemons. Lawrence Durrell. pub Faber and Faber (mcmlvii)

Climax in Crete. Theodore Stephanides. pub Faber and Faber (Mcmxlvi)

Winged Dagger Roy Farran. pub Collins (1948)

A War of Shadows. W Stanley Moss. pub Boardman (1952)

Appointment in Crete. A M Rendell. pub Wingate (1953)

Corsair Country. Xan Fielding. pub Travel Book Club (1959)

Hide and Seek. Xan Fielding. pub Secker and Warburg (1954)

The Stronghold. Xan Fielding. pub Secker and Warburg (1953)

We Fell Among Greeks. Denys Hamson. pub Cape (1946)

The Cretan Runner. George Psychoundakis. pub John Murray (1955) also republished in Penguin

Venture into Greece  with the guerillas (1943-44) Nicholas Hammons. pub Kimber (1983) ISBN 0 7183 0299 0

The Battle of Matapan. S W C Pack. pub Batsford (1961)

The Battle for Crete S W C Pack. pun Allan (1973) ISBN 0 7110 0410 2

Greek Entanglement. E C W Myers. pub Sutton (1955) ISBN 0 86299 212 5

Crete 1941 Eye witnessed Hadjipateras & Fafalios. pub Estathiadis* (1995) ISBN 960 226 184 6

The Villa Ariadne. Dilys Powell. pub Readers Union (1973) 

Greece 1940-1941. Charles Cruickshank. pub Davis-Poynter (1976 ISBN0 7067 0180 1

Greece in my Life. Compton McKenzie pub Chatto and Windus (1960)

Kiriakos. A British Partisan in Wartime Greece. Don Turner. pub Hale (11982) ISBN 07091 9877 9

No Cloak No Dagger.  Benjamin Cowburn. pub The Adventurers Club.

Nancy Wake. Russell Braddon. pub (1956)

Casino. Portrait of a Battle. Fred Majdalany. pub Longmans. (1957)

Wavell. Portrait of a Soldier. Bernard Fergusson. pub Collins (1961)

Lest We Forget The Men of Dorchester on Thames who fell in Tw0 World Wars. Don McGregor (2004) 

Grek Women in Resistance Eleni Fourtouni. pub Thelpini Press (1986) ISBN 0 015017 05 v9

Our War. How the British Commonwealth Fought the Second World War. Christopher Somerville pub Cassel (1998) ISBN  0 30436717 6

633 Squadron. OIperation Valkyrie. Frederick Smith. pub Cassel (1978) ISBN 0 304 30055 1

Last Lift from Crete** Alexander Fullerton . pub Michael Joseph (1980) ISBN - 7181 1890 1

Paris  After the Liberation 1944-1949. Beevor and Cooper pub Penguin (1994) ISBN 978 0 14 243792 6

On the Run. Damer and Frazer. pub Penguin (2007) ISBN 978 0 140 300722 7

Guerilla Surgeon. Lindsay Rogers, pub Collins (1957) 

Fighter Pilot. A Personal record of the campaign in France Sept 8th 1939 to June 13th 1940. pub Batsford

We Die Alone (Jan Balsrud) David Howarth. pub Cannongate (2000) ISBN 1 84195 045 9

Undercover. The men and women of the Speciaol Operations Executive. pub Routledge Kegan Paul (1980) ISBN 0 7100 0573 3

The Second World War in the West. Charles Messenger. pub Cassel. (2001) ISBN 0 304 35985 8

Dare to be Free. W B 'Sandy' Thomas. pub Cassell (2005) ISBN 0 304 36639 0

Oxfordshire Airfields in the Second World War. Robin J Brooks. pub Countryside Books ( 2001) ISBN 1 85306 708 3

"7 x X x 90" (The story of a Stirling Bomber and its crew) Charles Potten. pub (1986) ISBN 0 9511567 0 5

Secret War. THe Story of SOE> Nigel West. pun Hodder and Stoughton (1992) ISBN 0 340 51870 7

Middle East 1940-42 A study in Air Power. Phillip Guedalla. pub Hoder & Stoughton 

Battle for Crete. John Hall Spencer. pub Heinamann (1962)

Royal Air Force 1939-1945 Col 1. The Fight at Odds. Denis Richards pub HMSO (1953)

British Aircraft of World War II. David Mondey. pub Temple Press (1984) ISBN 0 600 34967 5

Air War for Yugosolavia Greece and Crete 1940-1941. Shores, Cull& Malixia. pub Grub St. (1987) ISBN 0 948817 07 0

The Hut Six Story. Gordon Welchman pub Baldwin (1997) ISBN 0 947712 34 8

The Sercret Hunters. Anthony Kemp pub O'Mara (1986) ISBN 0 948397 35 7

The Shetland Bus David Howartd pub Ther Shetland Times (1942) ISBN 1 898852 42 1

Flowers of Rethymonon Escape from Crete Lew Lindpub Kangaroo Press (1991) ISBN 0 86417 394 6

The Battle of Navarino. C M Woodhouse. pub Hodder & Stoughton (1965)

The Lost Battle. Crete 1941 Callum McDonald. pub Papermac. (1993)ISBN 0n 333 61675 8

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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