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Peter Monteath – ‘Battle on 42nd Street: War in Crete and the Anzacs’ bloody last stand’
November 12, 2020 @ 6:00 am - 7:00 am
Zoom Webinar: Wednesday November 11, 2020 @ 7:00pm to 8:00pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
The Battle for Crete was at once the most modern and the most ancient of wars.
For a week Australians and New Zealand forces were relentlessly hammered from the skies by the Luftwaffe and pursued across Crete by some of the most accomplished and best equipped forces Hitler could muster.
On the morning of 27 May 1941, however, all that was about to change. When a unit of German mountain troops approached the Allies’ defensive line – known as 42nd Street – men from the Australian 2/7th and 2/8th Battalions and New Zealanders from several battalions counter-attacked with fixed bayonets. By the end, German bodies were strewn across the battlefield.
Acclaimed historian Peter Monteath draws on recollections and records of Australian, New Zealand, British and German soldiers and local Cretans to reveal the truth behind one of the bloodiest battles of the Second World War.
Date: 11 November 2020
7:00 PM-8:00 PM.
Online via Zoom.com
MHHV Members $5, General Public $10.
About the presenter
Peter Monteath is a Professor of History at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. He was born and grew up in Brisbane before attending the University of Queensland, Siegen University (Federal Republic of Germany) and Griffith University.
He has taught previously at The University of Queensland, Griffith University, Deakin University, The University of Western Australia and The University of Adelaide. He has also been Adjunct Professor at The University of St. Louis Missouri and the Technical University of Berlin, where he was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow.
Currently he teaches modern European history and writes about various aspects of European and Australian history, with a particular interest in things German.
Interests include a distant admiration for Hertha BSC, badminton, and unabashed nostalgia for the glory days of the Brisbane Lions.