Beevor: Crete: The Battle and the Resistance. Paperback

  • Crete. The Battle and the Resistance.
  • Antony Beevor 2005
  • Paperback, 400 pages, 16 illustrations, 27 x 129 mm

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.