Introduction List of Illustrations Chapter One The Island of Leros Chapter Two Behind Enemy Lines Chapter Three Drop into Rhodes Chapter Four Troops to Leros Chapter Five Fall of Kos Chapter Six Making Preparations Chapter Seven Waiting Under Bombs Chapter Eight The First Day of Battle Chapter Nine Central Collision Chapter Ten And the Fight Goes On Chapter Eleven Inbound Royal West Kents Chapter Twelve Tired, Hungry and Lost Chapter Thirteen Final Day of Battle Chapter Fourteen Surrender or Escape Chapter Fifteen The Rescuing Parties Chapter Sixteen Prisoners of War Chapter Seventeen The German POW Camps Chapter Eighteen Aftermath Considerations Chronology Glossary Bibliography Index
First-hand accounts of the fight for Leros, the most devastating battle of the Dodecanese campaign
Julie Peakman is an historian and author. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Honorary Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London. She lives in London and on Leros.
`The best stories are the forgotten stories; the stories of battles that have been ignored and of ordinary men and women whose voices have never been heard. Hitler's Island War is both of these. Detailed, moving and authentic, this is a story that needs to be heard, both for its human aspect and for its strategic importance in the struggle for the Adriatic in World War II. This is required reading for military historians and for those who are fascinated by the experiences of ordinary soldiers at war, told with their own voices and through their own eyes.' - Paddy Ashdown, `Julie Peakman's riveting tale of the battle for Leros during the Second World War combines a precise analysis of politics and strategy with a deft sensitivity to the traumatic experiences of those war-weary men who fought and died on that island. Through their letters, diaries, and oral accounts, she provides a way for us to understand something of their fears, suffering, hopes, and, in the end, despair.' - Joanna Bourke, author of The Story of Pain