Crete: The Battle And the Resistance Paperback – 28 Feb 2002
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Antony Beevor's 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 (Patrick Leigh Fermor, Daily Telegraph)
Excellent . . . an arresting account of the whole war on Crete, including the ghastly experiences of the Cretans under German occupation (John Keegan, Sunday Telegraph)
The best book we have got on Crete (Michael Foot, Observer)
Beevor's account is excellent: fresh, lively and peppered with anecdotes (Mail on Sunday)
'A new paperback edition is welcome for two reasons; reminding us that Beevor is a writer and historian of rare ability and for starkly illustrating the variables of war' (Neville Smith, Lloyd's List) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Reissue with a new Introduction by acclaimed historian Antony Beevor vividly bringing to life the epic struggles that took place in Second World War Crete --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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It seems that if the General commanding in Crete had made the right decisions, the German paratroops would never have obtained a footthold.
He mentions the exploits of Patrick Leigh-Fermour whose own account of his walk across Europe just before the war is a delight.
The story of the conquest itself is excellent, Beevor gives an in depth account of Freyberg as a clueless buffoon with no idea how to fight a war, without being too harsh. The general impression is that the allied forces command snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and then ran away leaving many of the rank and file stranded on the island. Which is exactly what happened.
The laborious final section of the book on the resistance is boring in the extreme; there's just too many characters coming and going to get a cohesive grip on the storyline. Add to that a potent mix of Greek politics and its warring factions and you have confusion.
I gave up on the last third. It is headed "The Resistance", and I expected a similar detailed, anecdote filled analysis to the first two parts. Instead all I got - or all I got for the first half of it before I gave up - was a boring recital of the innumerable political factions involved and their manoeuvres.
For the first two parts of the book, the writing is good, the considerations of the history detailed and the descriptions of the conflict involving and clearly set out. I would recommend the book for the first to thirds at two thirds of the price.
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