The Forgotten Flotilla The Craft of Heroes Greece, Crete & North Africa – 1941 This new book, printed in Australia in May 2014, is now available in the UK and Europe. Beautifully printed, lavishly illustrated and full colour throughout, this 208 page book is hard bound with colour dust jacket. It describes Australian Archaeologist Michael Bendon’s ‘rediscovery’ of a World War Two shipwreck in Crete and his subsequent research to find it’s history. The wreck turned out to be a Mk1 Tank Landing Craft. With the assistance of local Cretan people and divers, Bendon was then able to locate a similar wreck a couple of miles away. His six years of research has led him to England, Scotland, Australia and Greece but now he has pieced together the story of these two wrecks and the rest of the ‘Forgotten Flotilla’. The Mk1 LCT was the fore-runner of the thousands of LCTs that were crucial in many theatres of the Second World War. Bendon describes the design, development and deployment of the first of these revolutionary vessels. The first 20 made were shipped to Egypt in sections at the end of 1940. Reassembled there, the first few were deployed to Tobruk, then immediately sent to Crete, and on to Greece, where they were essential in the evacuation of Commonwealth troops. From that early deployment only one vessel returned to Crete – LCT A6. The wreck Bendon had found was that of the A6, even today listed in the Royal Navy records simply as ‘Lost in the Middle East’. Amazingly, with the help of a certain internet forum, Bendon was able to find that the skipper of A6 alive and living in England. In 1941 twenty one year old John Sutton was the Commanding Officer of A6 and his fascinating story forms the narrative core of the book. John is now 95 years old and was awarded a DSO and Mention in Dispatches for his actions in Greece and Crete before being made a Prisoner of War for four years. The book contains the history of all 20 LCTs sent to Egypt as well as background to the Greek and Cretan campaigns. The personal accounts from Commonwealth troops, RN and RNVR personnel are sometimes amusing, often moving, and provide an insight into the desperate times of Mediterranean operations in the early years of the war. This book is not currently available from Libraries or bookshops and can only be obtained from the UK agent, Michael Long. Price is £25.00 plus postage (£3.90 in UK, £9.50 to Europe by airmail). If you would like to order a copy please send me a PM.