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By Antony Beevor

Acclaimed historian and best-selling writer Antony Beevor vividly brings to lifestyles the epic struggles that came about in moment global conflict Crete - reissued with a brand new introduction.The Germans anticipated their airborne assault on Crete in 1941 - a special occasion within the heritage of war - to be a textbook victory in line with tactical shock. that they had no concept that the British, utilizing extremely intercepts, knew their plans and had laid a carefully-planned capture. it may were the 1st German defeat of the battle, yet a deadly false impression became the conflict around. Nor did the clash finish there. Ferocious Cretan freedom combatants fastened a heroic resistance, aided via a dramatic solid of British officials from exact Operations govt.

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I took a pencil large and new, I wrote a telegram or two. Then someone came to me and said The Generals have gone to bed. m. ' said Jacqueline. 'Not at all,' said Anthony firmly. 'We want Generals, not dormice. ') * Lady Lampson, wife of the British Ambassador to Egypt, Sir Miles Lampson, later Lord Killearn. 3 Secret Missions Irregular warfare in the Eastern Mediterranean held a strong appeal for vigorous young Britons. A cynic might easily dismiss the phenomenon as a sort of adult version of Swallows and Amazons, messing about in boats and treating the region as an immense adventure playground.

This victory went some way towards mitigating Greek criticism of the RAF's refusal to deploy aircraft in close support of their troops, but at that stage of the war the RAF was attracting similar criticisms from the British Army: it considered itself purely a strategic arm. At about this time, the Greeks received intelligence reports that the Italians had recovered sufficiently to plan a large counter-attack. This came in the second week of March with twelve Italian divisions deployed between the Apsos and Aöos rivers against the Greek front line of four divisions.

Those with first-hand or expert knowledge who read and criticized chapters not only saved me from error, but in many cases added further illumination. I am particularly grateful to Commander Edward Thomas for examining all the Ultra-related sections, to Major General Michael Forrester, to Lord Jellicoe for looking at all the passages about SAS and SBS raids, and to all those members of the British Military Mission in Crete and Manoussos Manoussakis who also read Part Three, in some cases several times, and rang round their network of resistance colleagues in Greece double-checking incidents described in the text.

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