Towards Disaster: The Greek Army in Asia Minor in 1921

Author(s): John Van der Kiste 

ISBN: 9781804200087
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Prince Andrew’s personal account of the catastrophic Greek campaign in Asia Minor, focusing on the battle of the Sakarya.
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  • An overlooked account of a critical European conflict during the interwar period, written by a senior commander and grandfather of King Charles III

  • A rare and valuable memoir, printed once only in small quantity in 1930

  • Will appeal to students of twentieth-century European history and those interested in the late duke of Edinburgh and the Greek royal family

In the Greco-Turkish War of 1919–1922, Prince Andrew of Greece was given command of the 2nd Army Corps during the battle of the Sakarya. He was commanded to lead his troops in attacking the Turkish positions, but to the consternation of his commanding general, Anastasios Papoulas, he elected to follow his own battle plan. Following three weeks of bitter fighting, Papoulas ordered a retreat, placing the blame directly on Prince Andrew.

The final defeat of the Greek army in Asia Minor came in August 1922 and precipitated the 11 September 1922 Revolution in Athens, which in turn led to Prince Andrew’s lifelong banishment from his homeland. Towards Disaster is Prince Andrew’s own account of the campaign in Asia Minor in which he defends his actions during the battle of the Sakarya, a hopeless contest in his estimation, during which he was intent on avoiding needless loss of life.

BOOK ISBN 9781804200087
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 196 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS  32 illustrations 


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Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark was born in 1882, the fourth son of King George I and Queen Olga of Greece. He served as an officer in the Balkan Wars and the Greco-Turkish War, and in the latter was held partly responsible for his country’s defeat and loss of territory. After being court-martialled for disobeying orders, Prince Andrew and his family, including his son Philip, later duke of Edinburgh, were banished from Greece. Andrew died in exile 1944. Towards Disaster, an account of the war and a defence of his actions, was published in 1930. This edition includes an introduction by John Van der Kiste, author of Kings of the Hellenes (Alan Sutton, 1994).

John Van der Kiste has published over forty books including works on royal and historical biography, local history, true crime, music and fiction, and is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. His previous titles include Queen Victoria’s Children, Kaiser Wilhelm II and The Romanovs: Tsar Alexander II of Russia and his Family. He lives in Devon.