By Peter Antill
Osprey's learn of Operation Mercury, the German airborne attack at the island of Crete in may well 1941 in the course of global battle II (1939-1945), which was once the 1st strategic use of airborne forces in background. The attack started on 20 may well, with landings close to the island's key airports, and reinforcements the next day to come allowed the German forces to trap one finish of the runway at Maleme. through 24 may well, the Germans have been being bolstered through air on an important 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 approved an incredible airborne operation.
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On 26 November Lt. Gen. Leese and his XXX Corps took over the forward area from X Corps. The corps now comprised 7th Armoured, 51st (Highland) and the New Zealand Divisions. The plan was for X Corps to withdraw to the Benghazi area to act as a reserve in the event that Rommel staged one of his remarkable comebacks. Montgomery’s plan of attack was conventional. He decided on a frontal assault near the coast by 51st and 7th Armoured Divisions to pin down the defences, whilst a wide sweep through the desert to the south by the New Zealand Division would get behind the line and seal Rommel’s forces in a trap.
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Crete 1941: Germany's lightning airborne assault (Campaign, Volume 147) by Peter Antill