During the Second World War the Corinth Canal assumed an importance disproportionate to its size. It was the focus of numerous special Allied operations to prevent oil from the Black Sea reaching Italy, to delay the invasion of Crete and severing the vital German supply lines to Rommel's Army in North Africa. German airborne forces occupied the Canal to cut off the ANZAC retreat and Hitler needed the Canal kept open to maintain control of the Aegean Sea. Were this lost, he feared Turkey entering the War on the Allied side. Target Corinth Canal unearths a treasure trove of facts on the little known operations by SOE and other special force units. Heroes such as Mike Cumberlege emerge from the pages of this splendid work of military history.
Platon Alexiades was born in Alexandria, Egypt before emigrating to Canada in his youth. He has been an avid military and naval history researcher for over forty years. A frequent visitor of archives in several countries, his main focus is allied submarine operations of the Second World War. He has contributes to several books and websites such as uboat.net, warsailors and marinearchiv. He is a computer consultant and lives in Montreal.