Acclaimed historian and best-selling author Antony Beevor vividly brings to life the epic struggles that took place in Second World War Crete - reissued with a new introduction.The Germans expected their airborne attack on Crete in 1941 - a unique event in the history of warfare - to be a textbook victory based on tactical surprise. They had no idea that the British, using Ultra intercepts, knew their plans and had laid a carefully-planned trap. It should have been the first German defeat of the war, but a fatal misunderstanding turned the battle round. Nor did the conflict end there. Ferocious Cretan freedom fighters mounted a heroic resistance, aided by a dramatic cast of British officers from Special Operations Executive.
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Having had a father who fought in Greece & Crete and was left behind to come out by submarine, I was very interested to read this book. It didn't go into the nitty gritty of the various actions but its' investigation into the actions (or lack of!)of higher level commanders was enlightening. For me it put into perspective the lack of quick decisive action by experienced senior officers which left the actual fighting men perplexed.
Antony Beevor's unerring flair for the climate and the feel of the conflict ... his insight and his grasp of these events make them seem as though they had happened last week - Patrick Leigh Fermor, Daily TelegraphExcellent . . . an arresting account of the whole war on Crete, including the ghastly experiences of the Cretans under German occupation - John Keegan, Sunday TelegraphThe best book we have got on Crete - Michael Foot, ObserverBeevor's account is excellent: fresh, lively and peppered with anecdotes - Mail on Sunday'A new paperback edition is welcome for two reasons; reminding us that Beevor is a writer and historian of rare ability and for starkly illustrating the variables of war' - Neville Smith, Lloyd's List
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 12th September 2005
Publisher: John Murray General Publishing Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9 x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1