The plain facts about Crete

Gallagher, Donat (2014) The plain facts about Crete. Evelyn Waugh Studies, 45 (1). pp. 17-25.

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[Extract] I've always been conscious of the anomaly - sharply pointed out by Michael Barber in EWS44.3 (Winter 2014) - of my challenging Antony Beevor's version of what Robert Laycock and Evelyn Waugh did during the evacuation of Crete. After all, Mr Beevor is a celbrity military historian and I am probably the least martial person on the planet. But ipse dixi went out early in the Middle Ages, and this argument is not about Gallagher versus Beevor and Barger but about what actually happened during the last night of the evacuation of Crete, 31 May / 1 June 1941, and whether Waugh told the truth about it. Though pre-emptive, I must say that it is an argument between fact and guesswork. In Brief Lives: Evelyn Waugh (London: Hesperus, 2013), Mr Barber makes it only too plain that he is unaware of the simplest facts of the evacuation of Crete, in which he is not alone; and that prompts me to offer the following brief outline of events as they relate to Evelyn Waugh.

Item ID: 36847
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1058-8272
Keywords: evacuation, Crete, Evelyn Waugh
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Date Deposited: 15 May 2015 06:09
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