Anzac Fury: The Battle of Crete 1941 by Peter Thompson

By Peter Thompson

From Tobruk to the conflict of Crete - the hot bestseller from the writer of Pacific Fury.

Anzac Fury commemorates the sixty fifth anniversary of the tip of global warfare II in Europe whilst 8900 Anzac prisoners of conflict captured in Greece and Crete have been published from captivity. In 2010 it is going to be precisely 70 years because the 2d AIF arrived within the heart East to start their outstanding adventures in battles opposed to the German and Italian armies in North Africa, mainland Greece and Crete ahead of the outbreak of the Pacific warfare.

Written by way of an excellent storyteller, Anzac Fury tells the riveting tale of ways the mythical Anzac Corps was once reformed within the warmth of conflict in the course of international warfare II to struggle a strong and cruel foe. Dramatically combining own thoughts with wrestle motion, Anzac Fury offers voice to the reports of younger Australians and New Zealanders who have been despatched on Churchill's orders from the triumphant battlefields of Libya on a disastrous venture to Greece and Crete.

A better half quantity to the acclaimed 2008 book Pacific Fury, this booklet celebrates the Anzac spirit of sacrifice, mateship, braveness and patience that sustained the recent Anzacs throughout the darkest days of the conflict.

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