AHIF Announces New Publication
THE FIRST VICTORY
by George C. Blytas
The American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) is pleased to announce the release of its publication THE FIRST VICTORY: Greece in the Second World War by George C. Blytas published jointly with Cosmos Publishing.
It provides a sweeping account of the role Greece played during the Second World War. Greece’s seven-month resistance between 1940 and 1941 against the invading armies of Italy and Germany established the first Allied victory and became an inspiration to freedom-loving countries everywhere. Using intricately detailed descriptions and maps, Blytas recounts the events that preceded the Second World War and unfolds the diplomatic and military developments that cemented Greece’s role in securing the first victory.
From battles on the Albanian front to resistance against the German forces, Greek tenacity forced Hitler to delay his invasion of the Soviet Union, a factor in Hitler’s defeat on the Eastern Front. Blytas draws on a comprehensive bibliography, historical archives and numerous interviews to illustrate the local conflict within a broader international context. The author achieves his goal, fortifying his argument with a sincere and sympathetic assessment of the Greek contribution to the first victory of the Second World War.THE FIRST VICTORY: Greece in the Second World War is available in hard cover, 600 pages with 24 maps and 43 pictures. ISBN 978-1-932455-19-9; Price: $39.95 plus $7 for postage and handling. AHI members receive a 25% discount—$30 plus $7 postage.
George Blytas was born in Cairo, Egypt, where he graduated from the Greek Gymnasium while the Civil War was raging in Greece. He first pursued a career in music and was instrumental in establishing a branch of the National Conservatory of Greece in Cairo. Political events in Cairo and the Middle East during the mid-1950's prompted a mass exodus of European professionals, and a change in his career plans. In 1956 he joined the graduate school at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he obtained his doctorate in Physical Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in 1961. Upon graduation, Dr. Blytas joined the research department of a major oil company for a distinguished 39-year career in California, the Netherlands and Texas.
“…he has brought to this narrative a breadth, a depth, and a balance that is so often missing…”
“Each year, new books appear in bookstores which chronicle the exploits of men, units, or governments during World War II. Seldom do authors take on the immense task of telling the story of an entire nation’s efforts to defend their territorial integrity, national sovereignty, and democratic principles against the neighboring Axis.” George Blytas has written a passionate tale in First Victory, providing the reader with new insights into the ideological, logistical, and military aspects of Greece’s efforts to remain independent of the assault from Italy and Germany during WWII.
—Gene Rossides, Founder of the American Hellenic Institute and Editor, Greece's Pivotal Role in World War II and its Importance to the U.S. Today (2001)
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AHIF Announces New Publication "The First Victory: Greece in the Second World War"