Crete 1941

Crete 1941

Germany’s lightning airborne assault

Campaign 147
  • Author: Peter Antill
  • Illustrator: Howard Gerrard
  • Short code: CAM 147
  • Publication Date: 5 Feb 2005
  • Number of Pages: 96
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Operation Mercury, the German airborne assault on the island of Crete in May 1941, 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 Führer that he never again authorised a major airborne operation.

Biographical Note

Peter D Antill has a background in international politics and defence studies, with a BA in International Relations from Staffordshire University and an MSc in Strategic Studies from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. Having worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Defence Management and Security Analysis at Cranfield from 1998 to 2002, Peter is now pursuing a career as a writer.Howard Gerrard has been a freelance designer and illustrator for over 20 years. He has worked for a number of publishers and is an associate member of the Guild of Aviation Artists. He has previously illustrated a number of titles in the Campaign series, including volumes 77: Tarawa 1943, 81: Iwo Jima 1945, 92: St Nazaire 1942, and 96: Okinawa 1945. He lives and works in Kent, UK.

Contents

Introduction
Chronology
Opposing Commanders
Opposing Forces
Opposing Plans
The Assault on Crete
Aftermath
The Battlefield Today
Bibliography
Index

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