75 years on: Gorgopotamos & after – Free public lecture
Wednesday 29 November, 2017
7.00pm - 9.00pm
Hellenic Macedonian Cultural Centre
94 Henley Beach Road
Presented by Katherine Barnes, author of The Sabotage Diaries (HarperCollins 2015) and Visiting Fellow in the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics, Australian National University.
On 25 November, 1942, a party of Greek resistance fighters and Allied Special Forces attacked the Gorgopotamos Bridge in eastern Greece, taking a critical railway viaduct out of operation at the time German supplies were flowing through Greece for the North African theatre and the battle of El Alamein.
This operation marked a turning point for resistance activities in occupied Greece. Beginning with the Gorgopotamos operation, this talk tells the story of the years of sabotage and resistance, 1942-44, from the diaries and photos of Lieutenant-Colonel ‘Tom’ Barnes. Tom led the demolition party for the Gorgopotamos operation, and later became a senior figure in the Allied Military Mission to Greece, working closely with resistance fighters in Jumerka and Lakka Sulei until after the German withdrawal.
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