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The latter part of the book describes the resistance and covers a lot of antony beevor crete quickly. I was glad I had read more about this aspect of the conflict however I still gained helpful insights into Cretan politics antony beevor crete the broader Greek context. This book is not in the same league as Beevor's Berlin: The Downfall, or Stalingradbut then what is?

That said it is a great read - compelling, and imbued with Antony Beevor 's customary rigour and readability.

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Antony beevor crete Beevor has difficulty maintaining his trademark readability in the face of a plethora antony beevor crete important historical figures, and the complex web of minor incidents and political intrigue that marked the resistance movement.

The fall of Crete was one of those military disasters which bedevilled Britain and the Commonwealth in the early years of the war. There is little doubt that different tactics and better use of the Ultra intelligence that had originated at Antony Beevor's story of Crete, its capture, occupation, resistance and eventual withdrawal of the occupiers is as brilliantly researched and thrillingly told as his other books about the Second World War and events in Spain and France before and after the war.

There is little doubt that different tactics and better use of the Ultra intelligence that had originated at Bletchley Park might well have brought a different outcome rather than the humiliating defeat at the hands of the Germans. antony beevor crete

The slaughter of German paratroopers on the first day by New Zealand, Australian and British troops was so great that if just one platoon had still been in place by Maleme airfield the next morning, General Student would have been forced to admit defeat.

This book overturns previous interpretations of the battle antony beevor crete showing how he misread an Ultra signal at the crucial moment with disastrous consequences.

Largely thanks to Ultra antony beevor crete knew where they were coming.


In fact, even well before Ultra it was quite easy to antony beevor crete the main dropping zones. The brigadier who was in charge antony beevor crete months before actually identified every single dropping zone that they were going to use.

So when the Germans did come down in many cases they were massacred in the first waves by the Australians at Retimno and the British 14th Infantry Brigade at Heraklion.

They won their battles there, but the trouble was the key was at Maleme.

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The Germans got a foothold there and a counterattack was not launched properly by the New Zealanders, though the New Zealanders fought magnificently. But the trouble was that their commander General Freyberg had misread the Ultra signals and he somehow convinced himself that there was antony beevor crete amphibious invasion coming.

In fact, these were just actually reinforcements in some Kayaks which were being brought in, not an amphibious invasion. So he held back because he was a soldier of the First World War and he could not imagine that antony beevor crete island could be attacked and captured by an airborne assault alone.