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united kingdom

‘The Campaign in Greece’, an important narrative of events prepared by Lieutenant-Colonel E. E. Rich for the United Kingdom Historical Section. The bibliography with its list of war diaries and official documents is particularly useful.

‘Barbarossa; the origins and development of Hitler's plan to attack Russia’, by E. M. Robertson, Historical Branch, Cabinet Office, London.

Appendices to the Chief of the Imperial General Staff's Diary of his visit to the Mediterranean, February–April 1941. (Photostat.)

Report on Operations in Greece, March–April 1941, by Lieutenant-General H. M. Wilson.

Commanders-in-Chief Committee, Inter-Service Lessons learnt in the Campaign in Greece, March–April 1941

Report by the Inter-Services Committee on Greece.

‘The War at Sea’, Vol. II (1941), Admiralty preliminary narrative written by Historical Section of Tactical, Torpedo and Staff Duties Division, Naval Staff.

Greece and Crete’, narrative by Major J. R. P. Williams, The Buffs.

Letter describing campaign in Greece, by Major R. Hobson, OBE, Brigade Major, 1 Armoured Brigade.

Events at the Corinth Canal, 26 April 1941, by Captain J. P. Phillips, The Devonshire Regiment.

Kalamata: Reports from Brigadier L. P. Parrington, Lieutenant-Colonel Basil Carey, 3 RTR, Lieutenant-Colonel J. P. Robinson, 8 Hussars, Major G. A. F. Kennard, The Shropshire Yeomanry, and Major F. B. Topham, Royal Artillery.

new zealand

‘2 NZEF, 1939–40’, official narrative prepared by W. A. Glue.

‘The Campaign in Greece’, five volumes, the official New Zealand narrative prepared in great detail by I. McL. Wards from the war diaries and reports of New Zealand units and formations; and from the majority of the British, Australian and New Zealand sources listed in this bibliography.

Files of the Prime Minister's Department: NZ Forces, Greece and Crete Campaigns. Constitution and Administration, 2 NZEF; General Weekly Résumés ( UK), Naval, Military and Air Situation.

War Diaries of 2 NZEF.

General Freyberg's files.

Historical Review, 23 Sep 1939–24 Sep 1940, by Major-General B. C. Freyberg.

‘The New Zealand Division in Greece’, report by General Freyberg, 1941.

Letters from Lord Freyberg to the Editor-in-Chief, New Zealand War Histories, Department of Internal Affairs.

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Transcripts from extracts from private diary and letters of Brigadier J. Hargest.

Report prepared by Major Neil Rattray, NZ Liaison Officer, Headquarters, British Troops in Greece, Athens.

‘The Convalescent and Walking Wounded Hospital at Voula and Megara, 16 April–26 April 1941’, by Lieutenant John Borrie, NZMC.

‘The New Zealand YMCA with the 2nd NZEF in Middle East and Italy’, narrative by B. W. Potter.

Kalamata: Reports from Major A. P. MacDuff, Captain H. S. D. Yates, Sergeant J. Hinton, VC, and some forty officers and other ranks.

As many unit papers were lost and many engagements never officially recorded, personal diaries, letters and narratives are an important source. They are, however, too numerous to list.


‘12 Army Campaign in the Balkans: A strategic Survey’, (German Military Documents Section, E.60/3).

12 Army orders and reports (GMDS files).

Wisshaupt, E., ed. ‘The Balkan Campaign of 12 Army, 1 Jan–1 May 1941’.

XXXX Corps, XVIII Corps and VIII Air Corps: orders, air reports and miscellaneous messages are quoted in divisional war diaries.

War diaries and reports of 6 Mountain Division, 72 Infantry Division, SS ‘Adolf Hitler’ Division, 2 Panzer Division; and their respective units and Battle Groups.

No reports have been found to cover the fighting about the Corinth Canal and at Kalamata.