20 May 2018

Swastika Over the Aegean

Swastika Over the Aegean is a unique pictorial record of the last decisive German victory of the Second World War. Following the Italian armistice in September 1943, British and Dominion forces were sent to reinforce their new Italian allies in the Dodecanese. The Wehrmacht responded with a succession of air-sea landings, notably on the islands of Kos and Leros: German infantry carried out beach assaults and, more than two years after sustaining frightful losses in Crete, Fallschirmjäger were deployed in several airborne operations.

Both sides relied on conventional and unconventional ground forces. German paratroopers were drawn from the Luftwaffe and Division Brandenburg; the latter also fielded coastal raiders and assault troops. The Allies had on call a battalion of The Parachute Regiment, several infantry battalions, and Raiding Forces, which included the Long Range Desert Group, Special Boat Squadron, Commandos and Ieros Lohos (Greek Sacred Squadron).

By the end of November 1943, after a series of remarkable actions at sea, in the air and on land, Allied forces in the Dodecanese had been subjected to a resounding defeat: 234 Infantry Brigade ceased to exist, and key Aegean islands would remain under German occupation until the final Allied victory.

This limited edition book published in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the battle for the Dodecanese features hundreds of photographs together with detailed maps and rare wartime documents.

See some example pages here.

Available from: 
Direct from the Author, Anthony Rogers: E-Mail
(The book is available on Amazon too, but at a much higher price than direct from the Author)

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