Crete

Tim Saunders

 
Date Published :
March 2008
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Series :
Battleground Europe
Illustration :
120 b/w photos
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781844155576
Pages : 196
Dimensions : 8 X 5 inches
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$24.95

Overview
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The invasion was launched to round off Hitler’s Balkan Campaign against Crete in May 1941. The Island was important to Britain’s control of the Eastern Mediterranean and Churchill was determined that the Island would be held.

The British garrison was largely made up of New Zealand and Australian troops who had been evacuated from Greece, with little more that what they stood up in. On the other hand the German Commander, Kurt Student, had overwhelming air superiority, which negated the Allied naval superiority. But the Germans had almost fatally underestimated the number of Allied troops.

While British, New Zealand and Australian soldiers, however, showed what they were capable of, the battle for Crete was eventually won through sheer nerve, the confidence of the German soldier in his superiority and the power of the Luftwaffe. That said, the cost in killed and wounded was such that Hitler would never again contemplate another large airborne operation.

About The Author
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Former soldier, author, documentary maker and battlefield guide, Tim Saunders has a lifelong interest in military history. He was educated at Clayesmore School and at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served as an officer in the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment for thirty years before becoming a Volunteer Rifleman. Tim has appeared in programmes as diverse as Time Team and the Victoria Coren’s ‘Balderdash and Piffle’. He and a group of other historians run Battlefield History TV, having producing over fifty full length military history documentaries ranging from the Viking Invasion of Wessex through to the Cold War. While he was serving, Tim started writing and has now written fifteen books, principally on the Second World War, in which he has covered a wide range of campaigns ranging from Eben Emael in 1940, through Crete (the German Airborne Invasion) and on to titles covering battles from the Normandy Beaches to the Rhine in 1945.

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