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  The Battle of Crete, the chronicle of the Battle of Crete
The Battle of Crete, the chronicle of the Battle of Crete
By May 31st the total occupation of Crete was a fact and the withdrawal of the majority of the ally forces to Egypt marked the end of the Battle of Crete.
The Labyrinth in the south of Crete, a monument of Crete destroyed by the German army
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  NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Battle of Crete
The Battle of Crete was unique in three respects: it was the first-ever mainly airborne invasion; it was the first time the Allies made significant use of intelligence from the deciphered German Enigma code; and it was the first time invading German troops encountered mass resistance from a civilian population.
The battle of Crete was unique in three respects: it was the first mainly airborne invasion in history; it was the first time the Allies made significant use of the decipherment of the German Enigma code; and it was the first time invading German troops encountered mass resistance from a civilian population.
The battle is also especially important to Cretans because of the unexpectedly fierce resistance they put-up against the numerically superior Germans and the terrible toll the invasion and subsequent occupation took on the island's population.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Battle_of_Crete/Notes   (1708 words)

  
 Crete Holidays for a different holiday on the island of Crete.
Crete Holidays for a different holiday on the island of Crete.
Crete Holidays was found because we felt the need existed that the individual holiday maker on Crete would need more freedom in creating and booking his/her ideal version of a holiday.
We therefore focus on finding secluded, unspoiled hideaways on Crete where one can travel to in their own pace without having to be part of mass tourism.
www.crete-holidays.net /index_home_eng.html   (546 words)

  
  Municipal Museum of the Battle of Crete and the National Resistance   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Among the Museum's exhibits are thousands of authentic photographs, paintings and drawings of the Battle of Crete and the national resistance, about two hundred books, monographs, essays on the historic events from 1941 to 1945, hundreds of documents and a great many newspaper cuttings.
Badge of the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Greece.
View of the section of the Cretan Naval Museum which is dedicated to the Battle of Crete.
www.culture.gr /4/42/421/42103/42103n/e42103n1.html   (230 words)

  
 Crete
It is a personal tribute by a Western Australian survivor of the battles on Crete in May 1941 to the heroism of the Cretan people and their bond with Australian soldiers.
The battles for the island of Crete were fought from the second week of May 1941.
Between June and September approximately 600 Allied soldiers escaped the island of Crete; almost one in ten of the escapees were from the 2/11th Battalion.
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 PMs of Greece, Australia, UK and New Zealand commemorate Battle of Crete
The Battle of Crete took place in May 1941 when Australian, New Zealand, British and Greek forces that had retreated to the island of Crete fought alongside the local population against the invading Nazi forces.
Crete was the last part of Greece to come under German occupation, and losses were heavy on both sides during the famous battle, in which Germany deployed the largest number of paratroopers in World War II.
In commemorating the Battle of Crete we also remember the Royal Navy's attempts to defend Crete and, when the Allies were defeated, their evacuation of Allied troops to Egypt.
www.greekembassy.org /embassy/content/en/Article.aspx?office=4&folder=324&article=8633   (861 words)

  
 Museums of Heraklion Travellers Information
The Museum was created by the Municipality of Heraklion, following the organization of an exhibition of documents of the period 1941-1945, on the occasion of the celebration on the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Crete 1941.
Among the Museum's exhibits are thousands of authentic photographs, paintings and drawings of the Battle of Crete and the national resistance, about two hundred books, monographs, essays on the historic events from 1941 to 1945, hundreds of documents and a great many newspaper cuttings.
The Museum of Cretan Ethnology is situated 2 km from the Minoan Palace of Phaestos, in the traditional settlement of Voroi.
www.cretehotels.com /museums_heraklion.php   (1825 words)

  
 Battle of Crete information - Search.com
The battle is also especially important to Cretans because of the unexpectedly fierce resistance they put-up against the numerically superior Germans and the terrible toll the invasion and subsequent occupation took on the island's population.
After the king escaped to Crete on 22 April and issued a defiant memorandum to the Germans, Hitler responded by attacking the king in a speech given on 4 May. The British feared the propaganda coup that the capture by airborne troops of a sovereign monarch under their protection would represent.
The loss of Crete, particularly as a result of the failure of the British land forces to recognise the strategic importance of the airfields, served as a wake-up call for the British Government.
www.search.com /reference/Battle_of_Crete   (5547 words)

  
 ::Fall of Crete::
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.
Crete could also be used as a stopping off point for men heading to the North African theatre of war.
In 1941, Crete was a relatively primitive island.
www.historylearningsite.co.uk /fall_of_crete.htm   (2109 words)

  
 Crête-à-Pierrot - TLP   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Battle of Crête-à-Pierrot (also: Siege of Crête-à-Pierrot; Kreyòl: Lakrèt-a-Pyewo) took place around the Fort of Crête-à-Pierrot - today on the outskirts of Petite Rivière Artibonite, 23 km (14 miles) east of Saint-Marc (19°08'N 72°29'W) in the Artibonite valley, The Artibonite River is nearby.
The siege of the fort, occupied by Haitian troops and besieged by the French army commanded by General Leclerc, took place from from March 4 to March 24, 1802 and was one of the fiercest military confrontations during the Haitian Revolution.
Battle of Vertières (1803) - The final and victorious battle against the French troops under Rochambeau.
thelouvertureproject.org /index.php?title=Crete-a-Pierrot   (725 words)

  
 Congressman Mike Bilirakis: Press Release   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Speaker, I rise proudly today to celebrate the 64th anniversary of the Battle of Crete, a World War II event of epic proportions that profoundly impacted on the determination of many countries to resist the aggression of Nazi Germany.
The German army then looked covetously across the sea to Crete because of the British airfields on the island, which could be used by the Allies for air strikes against the oil fields of Rumania, thereby denying this vital war commodity to Hitler's forces now preparing for their attack on Russia.
Most importantly, as a result of the battle in Crete, Hitler's master plan to invade Russia before the coming of winter, had to be postponed, which resulted in the deaths of many German troops who were not properly prepared to survive the harsh Russian winter.
www.house.gov /list/press/fl09_bilirakis/pr_crete05.html   (1560 words)

  
 Battle of Crete - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Battle of Crete (German Luftlandeschlacht um Kreta; Greek Μάχη της Κρήτης) was a battle during World War II on the Greek island of Crete.
The battle of Crete was unique in three respects: it was the first mainly airborne invasion in history; it was the first time the Allies made significant use of the decipherment of the German Enigma code; and it was the first time that invading German troops encountered mass resistance from a civilian population.
Crete: The Battle and the Resistance, John Murray Ltd, 1991.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Battle_of_Crete   (6178 words)

  
 Crete; sometimes guts is not enough
The German plan, Operation Mercury, was to capture Crete with airborne troops with a glider regiment and a parachute regiment to land at Maleme and Canea on the morning of the 20 May.
On Crete, 274 Australians were killed, 507 were wounded and 3100 were captured including most of the 2/1st, 2/7th and 2/11th Battalions.
Crete's position in the centre of the eastern Mediterranean made it a key strategic asset during the Second World War.
www.diggerhistory.info /pages-battles/ww2/crete.htm   (4688 words)

  
 Greek News - 65th Anniversary: The Battle of Crete   (Site not responding. Last check: )
This military study* was overtaken on the 64th anniversary of the Battle of Crete for the honor of the dead in action, as well as for the living and dead veterans of the 2nd N. Z Infantry Division, that fought gallantly in Crete for the liberty, democracy, dignity and the human values.
The Battle of Crete is the first great air born operation during the W. W II and the last one, due to the disproportional heavy losses from the part of the German Corps of Paratroopers.
Crete is the fifth island in Mediterranean, having length 254 klm and wide 32 klm.
www.greeknewsonline.com /modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=3310   (1752 words)

  
 CHAPTER 4 Battle for Crete | NZETC
The noise of battle drew closer and by daylight was near Maleme.
The tide of battle continued to flow against the New Zealanders: Galatas was lost and a line behind it formed with cooks, batmen, the Kiwi Concert Party, brigade bandsmen, and stragglers; then two companies of 23 Battalion, with some other troops and two tanks, went forward and recaptured Galatas.
The battalion's casualties in Crete were: 33 killed or died of wounds, 33 wounded, and 80 prisoners of war (of whom 32 were wounded and five died), making a total of 146.
www.nzetc.org /tm/scholarly/tei-WH2-21Ba-c4.html   (10814 words)

  
 crete.htm   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The XI Fliegerkorps was responsible for ferrying the paratroops to Crete using 530 JU-52’s and 70 DFS-230 light assault gliders, all together 8100 Fallschirmjäger were dropped on to Crete, 1680 men at Maleme, 2460 men at Chania, 1380 men at Rethymno and 2360 men at Heraklion.
Although the assault on Crete had finally proved to be a success the losses were high, not only to the Fallschirmtruppe but to transport aircraft, which would be desperately missed in future operations in Russia, so they were never again used in an airborne operation of this size.
It was not until 1975 that the bodies of the German war dead on Crete were gathered together and re-interred all together on the slopes of Hill 107, which was the scene of bitter fighting and where so many Paratroopers had died to gain the nearby airfield at Maleme.
www.eagle19.freeserve.co.uk /crete.htm   (2510 words)

  
 Battle of Crete
On the very first morning of the Battle of Crete, severely hit soon after his descent by parachute, he had dragged himself out of sight like a wounded animal.
Evelyn Waugh depicted the collapse in Crete as symbolic of the collapse of the British ruling class.
The New Zealanders and Australians in Crete were neither regulars nors conscripts, but volunteers for the duration, and their lack of reverence - almost a point of Antipodean honor - made British officers stay clear of them whenever possible.....
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 Crete , Your guide to the island of Crete, CreteOnThe.Net your guide to the island of Crete, Lodging , Car Hire and all ...
Villas in Crete and apartments in Chania from 30 Euros per night.
George Psychoundakis, who died at Chania, Crete, on January 29 aged 85, was best known for his extraordinary account of clandestine life in the Resistance after the German occupation of his island in 1941...>>>
One of the most important Greek writers, poets and philosophers of the 20th century, was born in Iraklion in 1883.
www.creteonthe.net   (269 words)

  
 MUSEUMS IN CRETE
The Museum was inaugurated on the 27th May 1973, date of the 32nd anniversaryof the Battle of Crete.
The Archaeological Museum of Rethimnon is housed in the Venetian Loggia.
The Monastery of St Catherine (Aghia Aikaterine), which is a metochi (dependency) of the monastery of the same name on Mount Sinai, was an important cultural and artistic centre from the 15th to the 17th century -the period between the fall of Contantinople and the capture of Chandax (Herakleion) by the Ottoman Turks (1669).
www.sfakia-crete.com /sfakia-crete/museums.html   (2072 words)

  
 Amazon.co.uk: The Lost Battle: Crete, 1941: Books: C.A. MacDonald   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Crete: The Battle and the Resistance by Antony Beevor
The invasion of Crete in 1941 should have been a textbook battle, a swift and decisive blitzkrieg, based on tactical surprise.
In fact it was based on a series of misjudgements which were to result in large and bloody losses and Crete became the graveyard of the German parachute troops.
www.amazon.co.uk /Lost-Battle-Crete-1941/dp/0333616758   (345 words)

  
 Museum for the Battle of Crete
The Municipality of Heraklion museum for the Battle of Crete and National Resistance 1941-45 was founded and started operating in May 1994.
Its mission is to gather, preserve and exhibit heirlooms of the period 1941-1945 from Crete, as well as to accentuate the sacred battles of the Cretan people during the German-Italian occupation.
In 20th May 1941 began the most absurd battle in the history of Crete, known by the name "The Battle of Crete" during which hundreds of German parachutists landed on the island to fight against Cretan people.
www.heraklion-city.gr /english/mus-mah_1-en.htm   (189 words)

  
 Crete, April 27 - May 31, 1941   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The collapse of Greek resistance on the mainland and the evacuation of British Commonwealth forces left Cretan Commander New Zealand General Bernard C. Freyberg with the knowledge that the island would be the next logical strategic target.
Crete’s geographic location put its three airfields within striking distance of the Rumanian oil fields, cut the Aegean off from the Mediterranean, and provided a base to strike at Italy, North Africa, and Greece.
Kurt Student’s forces were broken in their victory on Crete.
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 LESSONS FROM CRETE: JUMP WITH COMBAT EQUIPMENT   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The lowering of equipment was a British Airborne invention from WWII as the carrying of all combat gear on the Paratrooper was an American idea brought forward by the legendary General James M. Gavin while the American Airborne School was formed at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Carrying all your "TA-50" came as a result from studying the German Fallshirmjaegers who jumped into the battle for Crete with only pistols and machine pistols, as their weapons were dropped seperately in containers with wheels.
After Crete, the German Airborne floundered, which was good for freedom since the flat plains of Russian would have been perfect for Airborne operational maneuver.
www.geocities.com /Pentagon/Quarters/2116/hptll.htm   (2481 words)

  
 Preveli Monastery
The ensuing battle brought devastating losses to the Nazi forces, as civilians-- women, children and the elderly-- grabbed pitchforks, homemade weapons and anything they could find.
The Greek people in Crete, together with the remnants of allied forces from Britain, Australia and New Zealand, showed the greatest valour of any of the conquered nations in Europe.
The heavy resistance by the people of Crete, with leaders only made up of fiery clergy and self –taught folk commanders, obliged the Germans to keep large numbers of soldiers on the island-- soldiers that were originally intended to serve elsewhere.
www.preveli.org /files/battle/enindex.htm   (353 words)

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