Crete 1941

Germany’s lightning airborne assault

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Crete 1941

Germany’s lightning airborne assault

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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 Führer that he never again authorised a major airborne operation.

Table of Contents

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

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Published Feb 05 2005
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781841768441
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 75 b/w; 11 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 147
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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