Between 20 May and 1 June 1941 the Second World War came to the Greek island of Crete. The Commonwealth defenders consisted of Australian, New Zealand and British refugees from the doomed Greek Campaign who had not recovered from defeat.
Dr Albert Palazzo is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Army’s Land Warfare Studies Centre in Canberra. He has written widely on warfare in the modern age, and on the Australian Army in particular. His many publications include: Seeking Victory on The Western Front, The British Army & Chemical Warfare in World War I, The Australian Army: A History of its Organisation, 1901-2001, Defenders of Australia: The Third Australian Division, Battle of Crete, The Royal Australian Corps of Transport, and From Moltke to bin Laden: The Relevance of Doctrine in the Contemporary Military Environment.