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. In the morning of may 20, 1941, nazi paratroopers began parachuting in from the sky in crete the airborne invasion, codenamed operation merkur, would become a 10 day long battle that would be studied and commemorated to this day. The battle of crete: german paratrooper premium format figure is a stunning 1:4 scale museum quality piece, detailing the unique uniform and gear of the airborn. The fall of crete took place in may 1941 the battle for crete - 'operation merkur' - was unique in that it entailed the use of the greatest number of german paratroopers in the whole of world war two. The battle for crete in may 1941 is the most dramatic battle in which new zealand forces have participated for 12 days, with british, australian and greek troops and cretan civilians, they fought to repel a german airborne assault on a scale never before attempted.
The battle of crete during world war 2 inspired several books and took place with an airborne invasion over maleme on the north coast of the island, described on this page on greece travel secrets. Fact file : battle for crete 20-31 may 1941 theatre: mediterranean area: crete players: allies: crete garrison (mainly new zealand expeditionary force under general bernard freyberg vc, plus british and australian troops. The battle of greece (also known as operation marita, german: unternehmen marita) is the common name for the invasion of allied greece by fascist italy and nazi germany in april 1941 during world war ii battle of crete german paratroopers. I've read my fair share of crete books recently and forty's effort serves as the perfect introductory source for those interested in this fascinating and unique battle written in an easily digestible manner, it contains a substantial overview of the chain of events, plus some interesting minutiae.
English: the battle of crete (german luftlandeschlacht um kreta greek ) began on the morning of 20 may 1941, during world war ii, when germany launched an airborne invasion of crete under the code-name unternehmen merkur (operation mercury. Online shopping from a great selection at books store. Battle of crete this is an excellent strategy game that replicates your clasic hex based wargame simulation it is challenging to play the germans during the airborne invasion of crete. Battle of crete: 1941 information and photos from olive-drabcom.
Show larger map battle of crete summary the battle of crete took place on the greek island of crete it began on the morning of 20 may 1941, when nazi germany launched an airborne invasion of crete under the code-name unternehmen merkur (operation mercury. Ir 1736(2) restricted naval staff history second world war naval operations in the battle of crete 20th may 1st june 1941 (battle summary no 4.
Directed by christos epperson with chase brandon, patrick leigh-fermor, george tzitzikas, andre gerolymatos the 11th day chronicles the story of the men, women, and children of the cretan civilian resistance movement and their relentless battle against nazi occupation forces from 1941-1945. Several other italian air units were involved but listed references do not denote units or numbers of particular aircraft types used. Battle of crete part of the mediterranean and middle east theatre of the second world war: german paratroopers (fallschirmj ger) landing on crete, may 1941. As the 70th anniversary of the battle of crete approaches, nigel richardson retraces his father's footsteps. The battle of crete was a ten day, world war ii battle that took place in 1941 the battle began on the morning of 20 may 1941, when the nazis launched an airborne invasion of crete under the code name of operation mercury.
Timeline of the german invasion of the island of crete during world war 2. Chronicle of the battle of crete, details and photographs about the battle if crete. First stop the homeland of crete, where germans have already begun their attack either way, every secret, greeks and british soldiers will try to imdb want to share imdb's rating on your own site use the html below you must be a registered user to use the imdb rating plugin. Travel writer heidi fuller-love embarks on a journey to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the battle of crete that occurred during wwii. 12 little known turning points of world war ii mark boughton november 19, 2010 share 98 stumble 28k tweet pin 147 +1 2 the battle of crete ended in a german victory, but one that helped seal it's fate much like the battle of the hague. Operation mercury the invasion of crete by nazi germany began on may 20, 1941, when gliders and paratroops swooped through the dust and smoke thrown up by luftwaffe bombs and cannon.