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Crete 1941 - (Campaign) by Peter Antill (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 96

Genre: History

Series Title: Campaign

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Osprey Publishing (UK)

Book theme: World War II

Author: Peter Antill

Language: English

Street Date: February 5, 2005
TCIN: 77140733
UPC: 9781841768441
Item Number (DPCI): 247-48-5943


Osprey's study of Operation Mercury, the German airborne assault on the island of Crete in May 1941 during World War II (1939-1945), which was the first strategic use of airborne forces in history. The assault began on 20 May, with landings near the island's key airports, and reinforcements the next day allowed the German forces to capture one end of the runway at Maleme. By 24 May, the Germans were being reinforced by air on a huge scale and on 1 June Crete surrendered. This book describes how desperately close the battle had been and explains how German losses so shocked the F�hrer that he never again authorised a major airborne operation.
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