|Australian artillery after the battle of Vevi, April 1941. Source AWM|
Neos Kosmos today has published a short article I have written on the lesser known battle of Vevi.
Vevi saw Australians, New Zealanders, British and Greek soldiers battle the advancing German Army in early April 1941. Successfully holding up superior enemy forces for three days, this battle saw the formation of the 2nd Anzacs - in the footsteps of the 1st Anzacs who had served in Greece at Lemnos and beyond in the First World War.
As we approach the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Greece and Crete in 2016, we should remember the important battles that took place on the Greek mainland, when Australians again came to Greece in 1941 - including the battle of Vevi.
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For those who are unable to get a copy, the article is reproduced below.
Vevi Commemoration - Coming Presentation
You are invited to attend my coming address on the battle of Vevi, hosted by the Thessaloniki Association "The White Tower", as part of their coming Sister-City celebrations.
It will be held at 3pm, Sunday 22nd November at the Thessaloniki Association Hall, High Street, Northcote. Attenance is free. All welcome.
You can download the flyer for the event by clicking here.
The Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee charter is to promote awareness of the Hellenic link to Anzac across both the First and Second World Wars.
From Lemnos, through mainland Greece, the Adriatic and Aegean, and to Crete - from 1915 to 1941 - the Anzac link to Greece is a rich and treasured connection between Australian and Greece that should be remembered and commemorated.
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee