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Crete : the battle and the resistance

By: Beevor, Antony

0719568315 / 9780719568312
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20 cm xii, 383 p., [12] p. of plates : ill.
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Reprint. Originally published: 1991.

The Germans expected their airborne attack on Crete in 1941 - a unique event in the history of warfare - to be a textbook victory based on tactical surprise.

They had no idea that the British, using Ultra intercepts, knew their plans and had laid a carefully-planned trap.

It should have been the first German defeat of the war, but a fatal misunderstanding turned the battle round.

Nor did the conflict end there. Ferocious Cretan freedom fighters mounted a heroic resistance, aided by a dramatic cast of British officers from Special Operations Executive.


1DVG Greece, 3JJH c 1939 to c 1945 (including WW2), HBJD European history, HBWQ Second World War

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