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Crete : The Airborne Invasion 1941

Tim Saunders

ISBN 10: 1844155587 / ISBN 13: 9781844155583
Editore: Pen & Sword, Barnsley, 2008
Usato Condizione: Very Good Brossura
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Battleground series - Battleground Mediterranean. 288 pages., with Black & white illustrations throughout. eller Ref: M13315. Codice inventario libreria 003695

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Titolo: Crete : The Airborne Invasion 1941

Casa editrice: Pen & Sword, Barnsley

Data di pubblicazione: 2008

Legatura: Paperback

Condizione libro:Very Good

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Edizione: First Edition.

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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:

Alexander Stilwell is the editor of Jane’s Personal Combat Equipment Yearbook. A military analyst of many years’ experience, he has authored Mental & Physical Endurance and regularly contributes to the International Defence Review. He lives near London.

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