Crete : The Battle and the Resistance, Paperback

Crete : The Battle and the Resistance Paperback

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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 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432 pages, 8pp b/w inset + maps
  • Publisher: John Murray General Publishing Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780719568312



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Endless succession of names and places, with barely any maps, makes the book hard to follow, which is to say boring.The talent that Mr. Beevor shows, in later books of his, for mixing the big picture with charming personal anecdotes is completely missing from this book.Also it stinks, I can't think of a better word, from bias against the Germans. As both sides commit crime after crime the author constantly tries to excuse such behaviour when its perpetrators are Greek or, specially, when they are British.

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I am not trying to promote the authors work, I just think that this guy really does produce some wonderful historical 2nd World war books, that are perfect reads for anybody out there interested in the 2nd World conflict, this includes the airborne assault by the Germans to claims the Island from the British, In the first period of my library job, I am based in the historical section, and I am in close proximity to historical books and students reading historical under graduate degrees.

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