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Crete 1941: The Battle and the Resistance Paperback – 24 Jun 2014

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  • Paperback: 405 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (24 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143126423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143126423
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.5 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 743,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Few battles in World War II can surpass Crete for high drama, both on land and sea. Beevor, formerly of the 11th Hussars, writes about that battle with a soldier's eye and a historian's insight. Crete was a campaign unique in many respects, not the least of which was its ferocity. Beevor has a flair for re-creating the historical moment, and during sections of the text even the most detached reader will pause to catch a breath. He dissects the leadership of some of the war's most intriguing personalities, both Allied and German, illuminating their achievements and follies. His book is enriched with wonderful anecdotal material, some of which will both amuse and puzzle his American counterparts, whose military traditions are often so dissimilar. Recommended for both professional and general readership."--"Library Journal"""

"Excellent books have been written about the battle for Crete, but none, for me, has been as vivid and clear and exciting as Antony Beevor's. His unerring flair for the climate and the feel of the conflict . . . his insight and his grasp of these events make them seem as though they had happened last week . . . This brilliant book."--"The Daily Telegraph "(UK)

"Excellent . . . an arresting account of the whole war on Crete, including the ghastly experiences of the Cretans under German occupation."--John Keegan, "The Sunday Telegraph "(UK)



Praise for "Crete 1941"
"Few battles in World War II can surpass Crete for high drama, both on land and sea. Beevor, formerly of the 11th Hussars, writes about that battle with a soldier's eye and a historian's insight. Crete was a campaign unique in many respects, not the least of which was its ferocity. Beevor has a flair for re-creating the historical moment, and during sections of the text even the most detached reader will pause to catch a breath. He dissects the leadership of some of the war's most intriguing personalities, both Allied and German, illuminating their achievements and follies. His book is enriched with wonderful anecdotal material, some of which will both amuse and puzzle his American counterparts, whose military traditions are often so dissimilar. Recommended for both professional and general readership."--"Library Journal"""
"Excellent books have been written about the battle for Crete, but none, for me, has been as vivid and clear and exciting as Antony Beevor's. His unerring flair for the climate and the feel of the conflict . . . his insight and his grasp of these events make them seem as though they had happened last week . . . This brilliant book."--"The Daily Telegraph "(UK)
"Excellent . . . an arresting account of the whole war on Crete, including the ghastly experiences of the Cretans under German occupation."--John Keegan, "The Sunday Telegraph "(UK)


Praise for "Crete 1941"
"Few battles in World War II can surpass Crete for high drama, both on land and sea. Beevor, formerly of the 11th Hussars, writes about that battle with a soldier's eye and a historian's insight. Crete was a campaign unique in many respects, not the least of which was its ferocity. Beevor has a flair for re-creating the historical moment, and during sections of the text even the most detached reader will pause to catch a breath. He dissects the leadership of some of the war's most intriguing personalities, both Allied and German, illuminating their achievements and follies. His book is enriched with wonderful anecdotal material, some of which will both amuse and puzzle his American counterparts, whose military traditions are often so dissimilar. Recommended for both professional and general readership."--"Library Journal""Excellent books have been written about the battle for Crete, but none, for me, has been as vivid and clear and exciting as Antony Beevor's. His unerring flair for the climate and the feel of the conflict . . . his insight and his grasp of these events make them seem as though they had happened last week . . . This brilliant book."--"The Daily Telegraph "(UK)"Excellent . . . an arresting account of the whole war on Crete, including the ghastly experiences of the Cretans under German occupation."--John Keegan, "The Sunday Telegraph "(UK)

Praise for"Crete 1941"
Few battles in World War II can surpass Crete for high drama, both on land and sea. Beevor, formerly of the 11th Hussars, writes about that battle with a soldier's eye and a historian's insight. Crete was a campaign unique in many respects, not the least of which was its ferocity. Beevor has a flair for re-creating the historical moment, and during sections of the text even the most detached reader will pause to catch a breath. He dissects the leadership of some of the war's most intriguing personalities, both Allied and German, illuminating their achievements and follies. His book is enriched with wonderful anecdotal material, some of which will both amuse and puzzle his American counterparts, whose military traditions are often so dissimilar. Recommended for both professional and general readership. "Library Journal
" Excellent books have been written about the battle for Crete, but none, for me, has been as vivid and clear and exciting as Antony Beevor s. His unerring flair for the climate and the feel of the conflict . . . his insight and his grasp of these events make them seem as though they had happened last week . . . This brilliant book. "The Daily Telegraph "(UK)
Excellent . . . an arresting account of the whole war on Crete, including the ghastly experiences of the Cretans under German occupation. John Keegan, "The Sunday Telegraph "(UK)"

About the Author

Antony Beevoris the bestselling author of"D-Day: The Battle for Normandy, "which received the Royal United Services Institute Westminster Medal"; The Battle for Spain," which received the La Vanguardia Prize;"Paris After the Liberation 1944 1949; Stalingrad," winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History, and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature; and"The Fall of Berlin 1945," which received the first Longman-History Today Trustees Award. He is the recipient of the 2014 Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. Beevor lives in England."


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5.0 out of 5 stars The Battle for Crete 1941-1945... 11 Aug. 2014
By HMS Warspite - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Antony Beevor's superbly readable 1994 history of the World War II battle for the Greek island of Crete has been reissued with a new introduction and the same detailed, breathless narrative. It begins with the fall of Greece to German forces, including the ill-fated British intervention. It continues with the chaotic retreat to Crete of various British, Australian, New Zealand, and Greek Army formations, decimated by the fighting on the mainland and pursued across the Aegean Sea by the Luftwaffe. It climaxes with the daring German airborne invasion of the island, a ground-breaking first that turned into a bloodbath, enabled by the Allied failure to take advantage of its advance knowledge of German plans. The back third of the book covers the Cretan resistance to German occupation, aided by British agents and complicated by clashes between Greek factions.

This book covers events with astonishing detail, the kind that comes from extensive interviews with survivors and the patience to put together the known facts into the best possible narrative. Beevor wrestles responsibly with the remarkable failure of New Zealand General Freyberg to take full advantage of the Ultra intercepts that detail German plans for their airborne invasion. The author also dissects the disorganized response to the German parachute assault that allowed the Germans to hang on to a critical airfield. The narrative of the resistance is dominated by a number of Allied and Greek personalities, including the remarkable Patrick Leigh Fermor, who survived many months on Crete as a Special Operations Executive liaison. The text includes a nice selection of photographs and a few sketch maps of Crete. Very highly recommended to the general reader and the student of the conflict.
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3.0 out of 5 stars informative but not especially involving 1 July 2015
By dongworthy froth - Published on Amazon.com
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i'm a huge wwii history fan, and have enjoyed beevor's past work, but this one doesn't particularly resonate--it's thorough and well-researched, but ultimately dull. his descriptions of the wide arrray of eccentric characters (greek, british and cretan) on the scene are good but there's little sense of the actual battle.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good account but book loses focus halfway through 15 Aug. 2015
By John S. D'Angelo - Published on Amazon.com
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A decent account of the German invasion of Crete, but be advised that this is only covered in the first half or so of the book. The rest covers the occupation and the resistance against the Germans, which frankly is where it loses steam. Maybe focusing solely on the invasion would have been better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A decent account of the battle for Crete and the years of occupation, but too much focused on the Allied side... 31 Mar. 2016
By Dimitrios - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book follows the usual Beevor's style of writing, focusing extensively on the personal adventures of British officers and soldiers and far less on the operational and the strategic level of the 1941 Crete campaign. It's also weak on the German side even though that battle signaled the first time that an island was captured almost exclusively by air assault. The stories of the many British, Australians and New Zealanders who fought in Crete are interesting but the reader does not have the whole picture of the campaign since many important details are missing. General Freyberg strongly believed that a seaborne invasion was possible, and deployed his forces accordingly, but he also had the mistaken perception that the German transports Ju-52 could land easily on sand beaches - thus, he didn't consider the control of the airfields as utterly important! Especially at the Maleme sector the Allied forces weren't deployed further west than the airfield itself, so many of the elite German paratroopers were able to land unopposed on the far side of the Tavronitis dry riverbed, regroup, arm and then attack eastwards. The reasons that Freyberg left the crucial airfields unmined are also not analysed in enough detail, even though the RAF had completely abandoned the island.

Also the tactical prowess of the German paratroopers and the daring decisions made by their command back in Athens are presented in haste and not in depth. What the book loses in terms of battle analysis though, it balances with the story of the resistance that followed in 1941-44. Although the names of Cretans and British indivinduals mentioned are also too many to be remembered, the reader learns a lot about the conditions of the dual Italian-German occupation, the abduction of General Kreipe, the action of the SAS and SBS against German airfields, the espionage and counterespionage operations and the shadow battle that took place. Overall it's a good book especially regarding the second part, that of the resistance, but too much British oriented to be a balanced account. The 1941 Orders of Battle though in the appendices are very helpful, as they are the few maps and the b/w photos that are included.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Britain's Island Fortress Captured From Above 15 Aug. 2014
By Robert J. Clancy - Published on Amazon.com
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Fairly well-done account of the Battle for Crete - bungled by the British/Australian/New Zealand forces. The Germans should never have won that battle but British ineptitude on the part of the commanders blew it, especially New Zealand General Freyburg. Beevor has a good grasp of detailed events before, during and after the invasion and occupation, including guerrilla warfare between British commandos, Cretan fighters and the German occupiers. All in all a good account of a battle I new little about.
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