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Operation Mercury: A British Airman's First-hand Account of the Fall of Crete Hardcover – 15 Apr 1991

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Patrick Stephens Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (15 April 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852603895
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852603892
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,177,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a personal account of the fall of Crete to German paratroopers in May 1941. New historical evidence from both German and British sources and previously unpublished photographs which reinforce the view that Crete need never have been lost. This book provides a story of both military bungling and incredible bravery and should appeal to those interested in the history of World War II.

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I read this book after having read most of the major books on the Battle of Crete such as 'Crete: The Battle and the Resistance' by Antony Beevor, but not of them could compare to this book!
The book is written from an RAF Airman's perspective and starts with the authors experiences of the Battle of Greece and ending up with his withdrawal to Crete and his subsequent experiences during the Battle of Crete. All of the other books I have read about Crete have given a very grim view of the RAF Groundcrew personnel during the battle with most of them stating that they were they were a hindrance to the Army and did not put up any defence of the Airfields. This book sets the record straight and describes how the RAF personnel, who had little or no previous weapon training, fought like Lions against the invading German Paratroopers and fought shoulder to shoulder alongside their New Zealand, Australian and British Army counterparts, with amazing bravery. It also shows how unjust and unfair Winston Churchill's comments (that he made after the battle) were when he said: "Every airfield should be a stronghold of fighting air-groundmen, and not the abode of uniformed civilians in the prime of life protected by detachments of soldiers".
This book also gave an overview of how the battle was progressing in other parts of the island to give a better understanding to the reader.
If you are are interested in the Battle for Crete, Military or RAF History, then you MUST read this book! Highly recommended!
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Marcel Commeau MC was there. He experienced the real Operation Mercury and writes about it with passion, humanity and insight. A must read for all historians of WW2 and those who would like to know what really happened in the Crete campaign.
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Thoroughly enjoyed it, well written.
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