Author(s): Sean Damer
An incredible story of courage, survival and loyalty amongst men trapped on an enemy-occupied island in the middle of a war - told in full for the first time. When the order to surrender was given after the Battle of Crete in 1941, over 6000 Australian, British and New Zealand soldiers were left behind on the south coast. Some escaped immediately on abandoned naval barges or took to the hills. But the vast majority was marched back over the White Mountains to makeshift POW camps. Many escaped, relying on Cretan mountain villagers to shelter and guide them. The relationships forged between these troops and their Cretan helpers are remembered to this day. Drawing on previously unpublished memoirs, including a detailed diary kept by co-author Ian Frazer's Australian officer father, On The Run is a remarkable and moving picture of heroism and endurance. First published march 2006.
Foreword; Acknowledgements; Preface; CHAPTER 1: Shock and Shame; CHAPTER 2: Denying Defeat: The Evaders; CHAPTER 3: For You the War is Over: POWs & Escapers; CHAPTER 4: MI9, and Crete, in 1941; CHAPTER 5: Mixed Fortunes; CHAPTER 6: The Long Haul: Winter 1941-1942; CHAPTER 7: Summer of Hope; CHAPTER 8: Shifting Fortunes: June-December 1942; CHAPTER 9: Last Round-up: Christmas 1942-May 1943; CHAPTER 10: Discussion; CHAPTER 11: Conclusion; CHAPTER 12: Epilogue; Bibliography; Notes; APPENDIX 1: Summary of Major Escapes and Evacuations from Crete June 1941-December 1943; APPENDIX 2: Roll of Anzac Escapers and Evaders from Crete 1941-1943; APPENDIX 3: Alphabetical Lists of All Known Anzac Evaders and Escapers from Crete June 1941-December 1943; Index