Where the Flaming Hell Are We?: The Story of Young Australians' and New Zealanders' Fight against the Nazis in Greece and Crete (Paperback)

Where the Flaming Hell Are We?: The Story of Young Australians' and New Zealanders' Fight against the Nazis in Greece and Crete By Craig Collie Cover Image


The gripping story of Australia and New Zealand in the fight for the Aegean - through the eyes of the soldiers.

"We used our knees and our rifle butts and our blades. For a while we stopped being ordinary blokes and became blood-lusted creatures."

March, 1941: 40,000 Australian and New Zealand troops are rushed to Greece in a desperate attempt to stop the Wehrmacht overrunning the country. Most of them overseas for the first time in their lives, they seek excitement and adventure. What they get are experiences they could never have imagined.

The operation is doomed to fail, but not before the Aussies and Kiwis succeed in holding up the German advance and evacuating thousands, mainly to Crete, where Hitler next sets his sights. As the Nazis assault the island, they deploy a devastating new weapon of invasion-paratroopers-for the very first time, meeting desperate resistance as the Allies fight for their lives.

Craig Collie, critically acclaimed author of The Path of Infinite Sorry and Code Breakers, delves into the experiences of the soldiers who fought in the mountains and villages of Greece, and faced entrapment and death on Crete. We all know of Gallipoli and the Fall of Singapore, but Greece and Crete are also major events in our countries' shared history, and as with those two great military disasters, British leadership has much to answer for.

Through first-hand accounts, Where the Flaming Hell Are We? brings to life the gripping story of the fight for Greece and Crete in World War II. The soldiers' experiences, many told here for the very first time, are a testament to the human spirit and the unbreakable bonds formed in war.

"Grippingly told." — The Age on On Our Doorstep

'Collie moves effortlessly between high level political machinations to the radio and desk signals and decryption personnel to the results - action in the field. This is a must read for people interested in the aspects of signals intelligence in the war against the Japanese.' - Military History & Heritage Victoria on Code Breakers

About the Author

Craig Collie is one of Australia's leading writers of military history and author of the critically acclaimed The Path of Infinite Sorrow, Nagasaki, The Reporter and the Warlords, Code Breakers and On Our Doorstep. He formerly worked as a TV producer-director and was Head of Television Production at SBS.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781760879198
ISBN-10: 1760879193
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publication Date: February 6th, 2024
Pages: 400
Language: English