Turkey.flag15th August, 1974 : Turkish tanks rumbled into the Greek Cypriot port of Famagusta today to link up with Turkish Cypriot fighters. The Turkish Air Force supported the invasion with napalm and high explosive bombing attacks. The 12,000 Greek-Cypriot inhabitants have streamed out of Famagusta, as it was strafed and bombed, in a seven-mile long convoy, leaving it wide open to the advancing Turks who are now poised for a final assault tomorrow morning.

The town population had just a handful of national guardsmen to defend them. Most have now taken refuge at the nearby British base of Dhekelia. The Famagusta conflict makes a mockery of the deal signed by the Foreign Ministers of Greece and Turkey in Geneva last month in the presence of the British Foreign Secretary, Mr Callaghan.

About Ludwig von Gress

Born in communist Europe, interested in defence matters on a macro scale, with a cavalry “devil may care spirit” from his grandfather and cautious effectiveness of asymmetric warfare approach from his guerilla father. He sometimes despairs that he may be the only one taking the defence of Australia seriously.
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