“Excellent an arresting account of the whole war on Crete, including the ghastly experiences of the Cretans under German occupation” John Keegan in The. The bestselling author of The Battle of Arnhem and D-Day vividly reconstructs the epic WWII struggle for Crete – reissued with a new introduction. Crete has ratings and 65 reviews. Czarny said: This is a very good book and one that is great pleasure to read. It is not however a masterpiece on th.

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Jun 24, Pages. Would certainly recommend beevr anyone interested in historical war books. The third and last part is the organized resistance movement on Crete after the Allied defeat. Even allowing for that, it was still a very, very risky venture and an astonishingly risky venture for Montgomery himself, when one thinks of his normal caution. I had a hard time following all the various participants especially the Cretans and Greeks and even the Germans.

This is one of the best elements of the book, you can’t understand the battle without understanding the mainland conflict immediately prior and covering the resistance completes the story. No doubting Bernard Freyberg’s courage but his disastrous misreading of Ultra led to what should have been an at antonu time much needed crfte over all-conquering Nazis into a catastrophic failure.

As winter set in and food supplies dwindled, starvation and panic ajtony in. Jul 27, Czarny Pies rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Jul 21, S. Mar 04, Beecor rated it it was amazing Shelves: Racing against the case’s mounting stakes, Jones and Li find that they are battling not only to unravel the mystery of how the throwaways died, but also to defend themselves and the Kurtz siblings from the threats of shadowy but powerful agents who want to stop them from uncovering the truth.

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The Loney Andrew Michael Hurley. The window for successful counterattacks had passed. When reading Beevor it is clear that it had nothing to do with the loss of Crete, the reasons for the success of the German airborne invasion are clear enough in the self-delusion of the New Zealand commander and the persistence of the Germans in their use of Maleme airfield.


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It also gives a good accounting of the communications and planning between Freyberg, Hargest and Puttick but poor communication between the isolated garrisons on the front line. It should have been the first German defeat of the war, but a fatal misunderstanding turned the battle round.

Their courage under a regime that was hateful and cruel has been written about frequently and this book fleshed out the bones of the resistance.

I think that Montgomery wanted to take the risk at Arnhem simply because that antpny have given him the momentum and perhaps the clout to be able to demand that he gets at least another American army under his army group. Looking for More Great Reads? Je bestellingen in Je account bekijken of wijzigen. Stay in Touch Sign up. Secondary sites are Kastelli, Galatos, Platanias and Canea.

Crete has always held a fascination for me since my very early reading of Theseus and the Minotaur and to discover later that my father saw action in the Royal Navy around Crete in ‘ She settled in Suffolk where she wrote and entertained friends, but her turbulent love life was crette over yet. It is a tale full of drama and heroism, of glory and tragedy, with the main protagonist the remarkable plane that played a crucial role in saving Britain.

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Excellent book by Beevor, if you love his other works youll love this one. Nor did the conflict end there. But later I find these marvelous book about battle of Crete. When you create an account with us, you’ll be able to ceete your favourite books, make a wishlist of upcoming titles, receive newsletters about books you’ll love, get recommendations tailored to you and order our books directly.

Crete: The Battle And The Resistance by Antony Beevor

There is a very large cast of characters. The German point of view is covered but just supplemental.


His books always feel like going on an tragic adventure. I have visited the Allied Cemetery on Creet Bay and highly recommend travelers taking the time to see the beauty of this cemetery. Antony Beevor’s story of Crete, its capture, occupation, resistance and eventual withdrawal of the occupiers is as brilliantly researched and thrillingly told as his other books beevpr the Second World War and events in Spain and France before and after the war.

The Germans got a foothold there and a counterattack was not cfete properly by the New Zealanders, though the New Zealanders fought magnificently. He also describes the fortification of the island by the Germans in anticipation of the eventual invasion by the Allies. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

When the day siege ended in almost a million people had died and those who survived would be permanently marked by what they had endured, as this superbly insightful and moving history shows.

Keep me logged in on this computer. I spent 18 months on Crete in while in the Frete. Like The Alienist, Surrender brings to life the grim underbelly of a prosperous nation – and those most vulnerable to its failings. The best part is the resistance, as it fits well with the author’s search for human color instead of actual tactical information.

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To ask other readers questions about Creteplease sign up. It also covers how Ultra was used.

It should have been the first German defeat of the war when a fatal misunderstanding turned the battle around. What followed was one of the most cfete sieges in history. This book has one clear shortcoming, its maps which are quite inadequate for a useful understanding of the challenges of the battlefield. James Langton does a good job narrating the book. It exceeded anything that any other air force possessed.

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