Authors & Friends

On this page I listed people and authors to whom I have a relation. Either they were co-authors of one of the books presented on this side or we were in contact for other reasons, mainly about “desert related” subjects.

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Rogers, Tony

Tony Rogers with whom I am in contact since many years (and whom I have still not met in person…) is not only “The” specialist if it comes to the WWII-campaigns in the Aegean but has also written about the air battle over Malta. Have a look at his books and I am sure that you won't be disappointed – I myself will for sure have a much closer look again on his “Aegean books” before I will travle to these islands one day (which is hopefully rather soon…)

Air Battle of Malta

Gebundene Ausgabe: 220 Seiten
Verlag: Pen & Sword Books Ltd (30. April 2017)
Sprache: Englisch
ISBN-10: 1784381888
ISBN-13: 978-1784381882
Größe und/oder Gewicht: 24,1 × 2,8 × 16,5 cm

In the Second World War, Malta was besieged for nearly two and a half years, during which time a decisive air war was waged between Britain, Italy and Germany. This is part of that story, from the early days in June 1940, when only a few Gladiator biplanes were available to combat Italian bombers and fighters, to the intervention of the Luftwaffe and the tenuous defense by outclassed Hurricanes, culminating in the desperate months of fighting following the arrival on Malta of the Spitfire in March 1942. What became of the many aircraft destroyed over the Maltese Islands, and what was the fate of their pilots and crews? More than a thousand aircraft were lost. Many crashed into the Mediterranean; others came down on Malta and the neighboring island of Gozo. This book focuses on the latter – some 200 British, Italian and German machines, and the fate of their pilots and crews. It reveals where those airplanes fell, thus providing a record that will continue to be valued by future generations. This comprehensive volume documents all known aircraft crash sites in and around the Maltese Islands and provides the circumstances of each loss are related in detail with accounts from both sides. In Germany especially there are many still unaware of the fate of family members who never returned after the Second World War. This book reveals what happened to some who even today are still officially listed as 'missing'.

The book is (for example) available from here:

Churchill's Folly

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: The History Press; Reprint edition (May 1, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0750968354
ISBN-13: 978-0750968355
Product Dimensions: 6.2 × 1 × 9.2 inches

In autumn 1943 the Italian-held Dodecanese was the setting for the last decisive German invasion of World War II—and the last irreversible British defeat. After the Italian armistice that followed the downfall of Il Duce Benito Mussolini, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill seized the opportunity to open a new front in the eastern Mediterranean, thereby increasing the pressure against Germany and at the same time hoping to provide an incentive for Turkey to join the Allies. Rejected by the Americans, it was a strategy fraught with difficulties and, ultimately, one doomed to failure. Spearheaded by the Long Range Desert Group and the Special Boat Squadron, British garrison troops were dispatched to the Aegean with the support of naval units, but with little or no air cover. They were opposed by German assault troops with the advantage of overwhelming air superiority. Within three months, German forces had seized nearly all of the Dodecanese, which would remain under occupation until the end of the war.

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Swastika over the Aegean

Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Toro; 1st edition (2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 300042962X
ISBN-13: 978-3000429620
ASIN: B01K3R6422
Product Dimensions: 11.4 × 9.4 × 0.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds

SWASTIKA OVER THE AEGEAN is a photographic record of events that occurred in and around the Dodecanese in the autumn of 1943. Those events resulted in the last decisive German victory of the Second World War. British and Dominion forces and their new Italian allies were subjected to a resounding defeat: 234 Infantry Brigade ceased to exist, and key Aegean islands remained under German occupation until the final Allied victory.
The Eastern Aegean was the setting for a series of German air-sea landings, something not normally associated with the Wehrmacht. German infantry carried out beach assaults and, unusually, Fallschirmjäger were deployed in their intended role as paratroopers, more than two years after sustaining frightful losses in Crete. Both sides relied on air and naval forces, as well as conventional and unconventional ground forces. German paratroopers were drawn from the Luftwaffe and Division Brandenburg; the latter also fielded coastal raiders and assault troops.
The Allies had on call a battalion of The Parachute Regiment, several infantry battalions, and Raiding Forces, which included the Long Range Desert Group, Special Boat Squadron, Commandos and Ieros Lohos (Greek Sacred Squadron).

This limited edition book is published in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the battle for the Dodecanese and features more than 500 images including:

  • Rare wartime documents
  • Some 350 wartime photographs
  • Colour photographs of the islands today
  • Maps of Kos, Leros and the Dodecanese

Available from:

  • Direct from the Author: E-Mail