Download PDF by Peter Antill,Howard Gerrard: Crete 1941: Germany’s lightning airborne assault (Campaign)

By Peter Antill,Howard Gerrard

Operation Mercury, the German airborne attack at the island of Crete in may perhaps 1941, was once the 1st strategic use of airborne forces in heritage. The attack all started on 20 may possibly, with landings close to the island's key airports, and reinforcements the next day to come allowed the German forces to catch one finish of the runway at Maleme. by means of 24 might, the Germans have been being bolstered by way of air on a tremendous scale and on 1 June Crete surrendered. This e-book describes how desperately shut the conflict were and explains how German losses so stunned the Führer that he by no means back accepted an immense airborne operation.

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