Australian Army Campaign Series No. 1: Battle of Crete

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 178 pages
Author: A. Palazzo
Year: 2011
ISBN: 9780980320411
Other: 2nd rev. ed., b&w & colout photos, maps, index
Publisher: Army History Unit

Between 20 May and 1 June 1941 the Second World War came to the Greek island of Crete. The Commonwealth defenders consisted of Australian, New Zealand and British refugees from the doomed Greek Campaign who had not recovered from defeat. Matched against them were crack German paratroopers and mountain soldiers who had only tasted victory.

Over eleven days the two sides fought a desperate action that generated tales of stubborn determination and reckless bravery on both sides. It was an innovative campaign - warfare's first aerial invasion – and at times its outcome balanced on a knife edge. Richly illustrated, the Battle of Crete examines the commanders and the decisions they made, the men who fought, and the weapons they used in the epic struggle for the island.

Preface to the Second Edition
The Eastern Mediterranean in 1941
The Situation on Crete
Air Attack on Maleme
The Descent at Prison Valley
The Landings At Heraklion
The Australians Defend Retimo
The New Zealanders Counter-attack
The Defence if the Galatas Line
End Game at Heraklion and Retimo
The Retreat to Sfakia
The Sea and Air War for Crete
Further Reading
British-German Rank Equivalents

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