CRETE: THE BATTLE FOR HERACLION 1941 The Campaign Revealed through Allied and Axis Accounts

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This is an excellent fresh account of one of the Second World War’s most memorable battles, The Battle of Heraklion on the Greek island of Crete. The battle began on the morning of 20 May 1941, when Nazi Germany launched an airborne invasion of Crete under the code name Unternehmen Merkur (“Operation Mercury”). British, Australian and Greek forces defended the Heraklion port and airfield. This account is given added authority by the writer’s military background, together with his deep knowledge of the battlefield and his access to Greek accounts and sources.Although the conquest of Crete was considered a grandiose victory of the airborne corps,the German leadership focused on the heavy losses incurred. Kurt Student who commanded the Fallschirmjäge during the war, when reflecting on the casualties suffered by the paratroopers, concluded hat Crete was the death of the airborne force. Hitler, believing airborne forces to be a weapon of surprise which had now lost that advantage, concluded that the days of the airborne corps were over and directed that paratroopers should be employed as ground-based troops in subsequent operations in the Soviet Union.

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