War in the Balkans

The Battle for Greece and Crete 1940-1941

Jeffrey Plowman

Date Published :
February 2014
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Images of War
Illustration :
200 photographs
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781781592489
Pages : 144
Dimensions : 9.5 X 7.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Jeffrey Plowman’s photographic history traces the course of the entire Balkan campaign from the first moves of the Italians through Albania and the invasion of Jugoslavia and Bulgaria by German forces through to the battle for Greece and the final airborne assault on Crete.

He gives equal weight to every stage of the campaign – he doesn’t just combine the first stages and treat them as an introduction to the battle for Crete – and he covers all the forces involved – the Germans, the Greeks, and the Commonwealth troops. By shifting the focus to the mainland, he views the campaign as a whole, and he offers a balanced portrayal of a conflict that is often overlooked in histories of this phase of the Second World War.

Most of the graphic photographs he has selected have never been published before, and many come from private sources. They are a unique visual record of the military vehicles, tanks, aircraft, artillery and other equipment used by the opposing armies seventy years ago. They also show the conditions the soldiers faced, and the Balkan landscapes over which they fought, and they give a powerful impression of the reality of battle for the men themselves.

About The Author

Jeffrey Plowman is a research biochemist by profession who has had a keen interest in military history for over thirty-five years. He has made a special study of New Zealand armor and armored units and has published nineteen books as well as many articles and chapters on the subject. Among his most recent publications are War in the Balkans: The Battle for Greece and Crete 1940-1941 and Monte Cassino: Armoured Forces in the Battle for the Gustav Line.


"This is what a photographic history should be: a high-quality, yet brief account of the campaign; a good photo collection, knowledgeably captioned; good production; reasonable price.... is a very good bit of history for the AFV or figure modeler.


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