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on 28 March 2007
This book is a very beautiful book. But it's also a bit of a mixed bag to me. I guess I need to explain this, and also why the book still got five stars from me.

Well, first of all it's a book about the invasion of Crete. But it doesn't show pictures of the German mountain troops that were involved, these just have to make do with some mentioning in the text. The pictures focus completely on the Fallschirmjäger, though the Allies do get their share of attention. This may be a bit of a let-down, but the book doesn't claim to give a full treatment of the campaign, it deals with the German Airborne troops and their part in the invasion.

Secondly most Histoire and Collection books I own show real uniforms in colour. But you won't find any here. The book is filled with wartime black and white photographs, and the colour bits are limited to some photo's of wartime documents and a few maps.

Despite all that I still think the book is very successful in what it tries to do. After a short introduction, explaining why the invasion took place the book moves on to giving the bigger picture of the operation and then quickly goes on to describe events at the assorted landing areas. The text consists for a large part of eye-witness accounts, which makes vivid reading. But nearly all of them are from German airborne troops. There are very few Allied accounts.

What makes things special to me is that the pictures really support the text and the accounts, because they show the people that are mentioned. This is something that's lacking in many other books and makes this title stand out.

To round it off the final pages give the Orders of Battle of the forces that participated.

All in all this title is recommended to anyone with an interest in Fallschirmjäger and/or the invasion of Crete.
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VINE VOICEon 7 October 2010
This is an excellent book about the Fallschirmjager which would make a good substitute for the Ryton book of the same name or shelf buddy.

Typical Heimdal style with lots of good quality photos and informative text.
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