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Crete 1941 Eyewitnessed by C N Hadjipateras & M S Fafalios, Published by Random Century, 1991, 1st Edition, Softcover, Pgs 328, b&w photos, maps, bibliography, index.

Condition: In near new condition, faint signs of edge wear, a couple of marks on page ends, no markings or inscriptions within, clean and tidy throughout.

The Battle for Crete in 1941 included 7702 New Zealanders, of whom 3818 were casualties, and 6500 Australians, who suffered 3890 casualties. It therefore holds a special place in the hearts of many New Zealand and Australian families. Fifty years after the bravely fought and costly battle, the events of 1941 are still vividly recalled and hotly debated. This is not a book of military history. It is a human document. Here for the first time is a collection of authentic testimonies from New Zealanders, Australians, Britons, Cretans, Greeks and Germans who lived and witnessed every moment of the eleven-day Battle for Crete, the one and only air-borne invasion in history. Supported by letters, diaries, poems, photographs and sketches, it recaptures in a uniquely vivid way the 'feel' of this fateful battle. Above all it reflects the futility of war, the heavy penalty paid by losers and victors alike. Chapters include; Target; Crete, The “ Isle of Doom”, The Spear-Point of the Nazi Lance, The Achilles’ Heel, The Return of “Mercury”, Luftwaffe Versus Royal Navy, Hold Back the Dawn, A Razors Edge Escape, Touch and Go, The Fate of Crete is Sealed, A Pyrrhic Victory, The Heavy Penalty, Via Dolorosa, Thank god for the Navy, Behind the Barbed Wires, The Spirit of Crete, The Price of Freedom.
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