In this book he wisely chooses to put the battle of crete in a larger context beginning with the ill fated british expeditionary force to greece and its subsequent evacuation to crete and concluding with the local resistance groups and british efforts to aid and guide them after the german victory. A riveting account of the fall of greece the battle of crete and the cretan resistance from the beginning of world war ii to its end nazi germany expected its airborne attack on crete in 1941 to be a textbook victory based on tactical surprise. The battle occupation and resistance of crete is a fairly small campaign in the larger landscape of wwii the brits were convinced the germans were going to invade the island by sea rather than the massive airborne assault masterminded by gen kurt student. Synopsis first published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the battle and drawing on new sources and the experiences of key participants this book recounts for the first time the fall of greece the battle of crete and the resistance from 1941 to 1945
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