Lecturer: Dr. Peter Ewer
The 'battle for Crete' in May 1941 was in fact a series of quite separate battles, in which the defenders were successful, except for one – at Maleme aerodrome.
That single defeat on May 20 would result in the loss of Crete as a whole, and in this lecture, Dr Ewer explores the reasons for the loss of the aerodrome, using contemporary footage of the battlefield, together with interviews from surviving veterans. He provides fascinating insights into the fighting at Maleme, which would determine the fate of the whole of Crete.
Dr Peter Ewer is an Australian historian and author.
He is published in internationally renowned academic journals the Journal of Military History (University of Virginia). He has also published in the Journal of Transport History (University of Manchester Press, UK), and a range of local history journals, including Australian Historical Studies (University of Melbourne).
Forgotten Anzacs: the campaign in Greece, 1941, published in 2008, was the first extensive re-examination of the Greek campaign since the publication of the official histories in Australia and New Zealand in the 1950s. The revised edition of the book published in 2016, incorporates fresh archival research into British planning for the campaign, shedding new light on the ANZAC contribution to the defence of the Greece.
Peter served as the historical advisor to the 42nd Street Memorial Trust, the community organisation that built the memorial at Tsikalaria Street, Tsikalaria, Crete, to commemorate the fighting there on 27 May 1941, and unveiled by the New Zealand Governor General on 19 May 2016.
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