The Aegean Mission: Allied Operations in the Dodecanese, 1943

The Aegean Mission: Allied Operations in the Dodecanese, 1943

by Jeffrey Holland


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This well-researched study explores a virtually unknown and largely enigmatic aspect of World War II—the nature of amphibious operations in the Aegean Sea in 1943. More than an historical account, it is designed to interpret and reassess the crucial decisions which influenced the outcome of what has become known as the Dodecanese Disaster. The British operations in the Aegean at that time present many parallels with the recent conflict in the Falklands in terms of scale and order of battle, the critical difference being that operations in the Aegean resulted in tragic failure.

The author leads the reader through a web of intrigue, incompetence, fantasy, and cover-up to find the truth. He vividly portrays the tensions between American and British perspectives in the strategy for the war against Germany.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313262838
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/24/1988
Series: Contributions in Military Studies Series , #77
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.46(w) x 9.61(h) x (d)

About the Author

JEFFREY HOLLAND is a member of the family that founded Holland & Holland, the gunmakers. In World War II he served in France, Malta, the Dodecanese, and Germany and was mentioned in dispatches for gallantry on the island of Leros. He is a member of the Special Air Service Regiment and the Special Forces Club.

Table of Contents



Part I: Strategic Objectives

The Dodecanese: Geo-Political Profile

Anglo-American Attitudes

Strategy-Straws in the Wind

Plans for Accolade

The Turkish Card

Cover and Deception

Turning Points

Conclusions on the Aegean Venture

Press Reports 1943

Part II: Operational Perspectives

Air Forces in the Aegean

Naval Operations in the Aegean

The Army: The Battle for Kos

The Battle for Leros

Part III: Reflections

Combat Readiness: For Whom the Bell Tolls

Battle Casualties: Kos and Leros

Honors and Awards

Part IV: Appendices



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