By George Forty
Following the winning German invasion of the Balkans and the trap of mainland Greece, the Axis powers' focussed their attentions upon the strategic island of Crete. The island was once Britain's final foothold within the northeast Mediterranean and was once perceived as being pivotal to the continued defence of the center East and the the most important sea-lanes resulting in the Suez Canal. via early 1941 the British place within the Mediterranean was once wavering; in North Africa Rommel's forces have been sweeping in the direction of Egypt, and the rest British fortresses reminiscent of Malta have been threatened. by contrast historical past, German forces introduced an airborne assault opposed to Crete in overdue may perhaps 1941. Drawing upon a major choice of modern images, allied with first-hand memories from those that fought,'Battle of Crete' examines essentially the most bitterly contested engagements of the early conflict years. Uniquely acknowledged from the perspective of the person battling soldier, sailor and airman, this well timed exam of a huge yet usually missed conflict might be crucial examining for all historians of worldwide battle 2.
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