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Crete : The Battle and the Resistance - Antony Beevor


The Battle and the Resistance


Published: 1st September 2005
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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 best book we have got on Crete' Observer

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.

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    'Antony Beevor's unerring flair for the climate and the feel of the conflict ! his insight and his grasp of these vents make them seem as though they had happened last week' -- Patrick Leigh Fermor, Daily Telegraph 'Excellent... an arresting account of the whole war on Crete, including the ghastly experiences of the Cretans under German occupation' -- John Keegan, Sunday Telegraph 'The best book we have got on Crete' -- Michael Foot, Observer 'Beevor'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 20051028

    Antony Beevor

    Antony James Beevor, FRSL (born 14 December 1946) is a British historian, educated at Winchester College and Sandhurst. He studied under the famous military historian John Keegan. Beevor is a former officer with the 11th Hussars who served in England and Germany for five years before resigning his commission. He has published several popular histories on World War II and the 20th century in general. Antony holds an Honorary DLitt from the University of Bath, awarded in 2010, and a honorary doctorate from the University of Kent, awarded in 2004. He is also a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

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    ISBN: 9780719568312
    ISBN-10: 0719568315
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 432
    Published: 1st September 2005
    Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.8  x 2.8
    Weight (kg): 0.31
    Edition Number: 1