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Target Corinth Canal 1940–1944 (Hardback)

WWII

By Platon Alexiades
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 265
ISBN: 9781473827561
Published: 29th April 2015

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During the Second World War the Corinth Canal assumed an importance disproportionate to its size. It was the focus of numerous special Allied operations to prevent oil from the Black Sea reaching Italy, to delay the invasion of Crete and severing the vital German supply lines to Rommel's Army in North Africa.

German airborne forces occupied the Canal to cut off the ANZAC retreat and Hitler needed the Canal kept open to maintain control of the Aegean Sea. Were this lost, he feared Turkey entering the War on the Allied side.

Target Corinth Canal unearths a treasure trove of facts on the little known operations by SOE and other special force units. Heroes such as Mike Cumberlege emerge from the pages of this splendid work of military history.

Events in the Eastern Mediterranean have received less than their fair share of coverage
because the events in North Africa were so important and attracted most attention. In many respects, the activities in Greece, the Aegean and Balkans more interesting because of their complex and covert nature and because they were to create the conditions that limited Soviet expansion after 1945. This book deals with the
actions in and around the Corinth Canal that was a strategic link to the Aegean. Well-researched and nicely written, a book not to be missed.

Firetrench

Target Corinth Canal is about efforts to frustrate Italian and German shipping through a small canal in Greece. The author found the history more or less by accident, while looking for something else and I am glad he did. This is an adventure-like story about the efforts of a fairly small group of men, covering many years in the war, and starting already before the war!... The book covers a number of special operations aimed at closing the canal, which was very important to Germany to transport supplies and troops from Europe to North Africa... It is pretty incredible what people did in those days and well worth reading and admiring... It offers some intriguing stories and photos that can be used as guidelines to build some 'shipping dioramas' including models that otherwise would not turn up on the radar like, old Greek fishing boats, Italian navy ships, Italian and German FLAK, civilian fighters and covert operations.

FSAddon

As seen in.

Marine Archiv

It is a fascinating day-by-day report of two failed attempts at blocking the Canal by British forces and special agents, all in extreme and accurate detail.

Warsailors

When looking through the list of new titles I received a while ago from Pen & Sword, this book and its short description
caught my eye. For one, I am not intimately familiar with that part of the second world war.... what went on in the Middle
East and the Balkan I only know from occasional glimpses at books covering it.
Living closer to the area now, my interest is growing.

Target Corinth Canal is about efforts to frustrate Italian and German shipping through a small canal in Greece. A canal I,
and most likely most of you, had never heard of. The author found the history more or less by accident, while looking for
something else.
And I am glad he did. This is an adventure-like story about the efforts of a fairly small group of men, covering many years
in the war, and starting already before the war! It is about the secret service and special forces, about adventurous Brits
and New Zealanders, about the Italian and German war efforts, and most certainly also about the Greek resistance..... and
the Greek not-so-resistant as well. Remember, part of Greece - specifically those serving the dictator of the time -
thought it smart to join forces with the Germans. The country was divided because of it. As was Italy later on in the war.

The book covers a number of special operations aimed at closing the canal, which was very important to Germany to transport
supplies and troops from Europe to North Africa. It sometimes goes into too much detail, covering all the documents found
and making my old brain spin, but in general it is a great story that seems to be part of a war movie instead of reality.
It is pretty incredible what people did in those days and well worth reading..... and admiring.

To my modeling communities I would say it offers some intriguing stories (and photos) that can be used as guidelines to
build some 'shipping dioramas' including models that otherwise would not turn up on the radar..... like old Greek fishing
boats, Italian navy ships and Italian and German FLAK, civilian fighters and covert operations. I'll be curious to see if
anything gets built !

- Francois A. 'Navman' Dumas, World War 2 Herald

Francois Alexandre Dumas
 Platon Alexiades
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