LAC William Tucker MM

LAC William Tucker MM

During enemy air attacks on the Greek island of Kos, during September and October 1943, Leading Aircraftman Tucker was No 1 gunner on an anti-aircraft gun (Hispano) which formed part of the defences of Antimachia airfield.

Brandenburg Special Forces on the Greek island of Kos

German Special Forces – Brandenburgers

Brandenburgers were the brainchild of Theodore Hippel, a German Commander who had served in the First World War and who had been converted to the concept of small daring units on hit and run raids.

Map of the German landing sites for the invasion of Kos

Defence of Kos – Regiment Diary

The lads are in good heart and full of fight. Motivation is not a problem with these sterling blokes, they are a credit to themselves and the Service. However, even they are now coming to terms with the prospect of defeat here. The Germans have been quiet for the last few days but have returned with a vengeance today.

Map of the German landing sites for the invasion of Kos

Letters from Kos

Dear Brother Tom,

Where to start, this has been one of the worst days of my life. How I wish we were still doing escorts in the desert to Derna, but that is long past now.