Our 6 day battle for crete tour departs in may 2018 and is guided by leading expert col bob kershaw featuring operation mercury and much more. Battle of crete , the most sensational event of the second world war photos and a little of what hapen in 1941 in maleme airport with the germans and the british commonwealth - newzeland - australian. The crete campaign, code named 'operation mercury' or 'merkur' by the germans, was ferocious and lasted ten days, from 20th to 30th may 1941 unlike the campaign on the greek mainland, the allies outnumbered the germans on crete, having deployed 31,200 troops to the island, in addition to the 25,000 soldiers sent. On may 20th, 1941, hitler launched history's first ever airborne invasion, when german paratroopers landed on the island of crete during the next ten days, the 22,000 'fallschirmjäger' systematically and at a great loss of life, drove over twice that number in allied troops from the island this film chronicles. But due to miscommunication and bad decisions, the germans were able to capture maleme airfield on west crete, allowing them to transport supplies and reinforcements to crete, and destroy the allied forces defending the island this battle was the first time hitler used paratroopers on a massive scale, also being the first.
For the navy the battle for crete covers the period from late april to early june 1941 and falls into two phases — the evacuation of troops from greece to crete and the evacuation of crete the seven weeks prior to these operations the navy had been fully occupied transporting troops to greece operation. This friday is the 75th anniversary of the battle for crete in world war ii the governor general and others are attending commemorations of the battle which took place when thousands of elite german troops parachuted onto the mediterranean island of crete in one of the world's first-ever airborne. The battle of crete, 20th may 1941 the airborne invasion of crete took place during wwii when german paratroopers landed at maleme airport near chania crete was the scene of the largest german airborne operation of the war, and the first time in history that an island had been taken by airborne assault afterwards.
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the battle of crete during wwii this historic battle, which lasted until june 1, 1941, changed the course of the war. The battle of crete was fought during the second world war on the greek island of crete it began on the morning of 20 may 1941, when nazi germany began an airborne invasion of crete greek forces and other allied forces, along with cretan civilians, defended the island after one day of fighting, the germans had.
Buy battle of crete by george forty (isbn: 9780711034464) from amazon's book store everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. The battle of crete will remain in military history as the scene of the largest german airborne operation of world war ii in greek history, it is another chapter of bravery and triumph of the hellenic spirit.
In 2017 we celebrate the 76th anniversary of the battle of crete it is a great opportunity for you to come and visit all the battlefields where the greek, british, nz and australians fought against the paratroopers it is a great opportunity because you will also have the chance to participate in the celebrations that will take place. The battles for the island of crete were fought from the second week of may 1941 when the island's british, commonwealth, and greek garrison was attacked by german airbourne troops the defender's numerical superiority was eventually overwhelmed by the attacker's massive advantage in logistic and air support by the.
Callum macdonald the lost battle: crete 1941 london: pan macmillan, 2002 pp 368 $4950 (hardcover) (second of two parts) the defense of crete was breached on the night of may 20, 1941 colonel lw andrews, commanding the key new zealand battalion engaged at maleme, decided, after. Jim and molly quinn jim quinn's battle on crete lasted a lot longer than most, and his courageous fighting spirit ripples down through the generations one of thousands of allied soldiers left behind when the overrun allies evacuated the island in 1941, quinn was taken prisoner of war by the germans but. It remains the most dramatic battle ever fought by new zealand forces over 12 brutal days in may 1941 the allies opposed a massive german airborne assault on the mediterranean island of crete they almost succeeded.