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Crete: The Battle and the Resistance
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0719568315, Paperback)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.
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Antony Beevor's account of the war on Crete during the Second World War avoids the risk of belittling the epic story by over-dramatisation. The decisive action is peppered with personal anecdotes from both Greek and British perspectives.
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