The title aptly describes the terrible days of late 1940- early 1941, when Axis forces descended on Greece, and with their Stukas, submarines, and modern artillery, knocked that brave little nation into submission. This story however deals more particularly with the British expeditionary force sent to fight in Greece, and how they were evacuated in ""Operation Demon"", described by the authors as ""another Dunkirk"". They tell their story well. After a long prologue in which they discuss the events leading up to the invasion of Greece, with its terrible bombings, starvation, and bitter mountain fighting, they turn to ""Demon"". Told with military clarity, with great humanity too, the story of how 42,311 men were removed to rejoin the Army in North Africa makes for something of a small classic. Admiral Cunningham's designation of it later as ""a melancholy operation nobly shouldered"" seems most apt. Generously supplied with maps, historical data, etc.