Unlike other books written on the catastrophic fall of Crete in May 1941, this book concentrates on the military actions between the first German paratroop landing on 20 May and the final defeat and evacuation on 30 May. As well as studying the strengths, tactics, leadership and weapons of both sides, the book contains numerous graphic personal anecdotes by participants, be they German, Allied or Cretan. While the battle was finally a decisive defeat for the Allies, the Germans made a disastrous start. How they recovered from this so spectacularly is well covered. This is both a fine study of the conflict and an invaluable guide to the ground.
OPERATION MERCURY The Fall of Crete 1941
This account of the fall of Crete in May 1941 focuses on how the Germans recovered from the initial failure of their landings and turned defeat into victory. Replete with numerous personal acounts from participants and witnesses, British, German and Cretans.