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Battle of Crete ends

1st June 1941

Fighting against a constant supply of fresh enemy troops, the Allies began a series of retreats working southward across Crete. By May 31st the total occupation of Crete was a fact and the withdrawal of the majority of the ally forces to Egypt marked the end of the Battle of Crete. On June 1st, the remaining 5,000 defenders at Sphakia surrendered.

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Battle for Crete
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by John Hall Spencer

After two years' extensive research the author has written a thorough account of the political and military background to the German invasion of Crete and the bitter fighting that followed the first airborne assault on an island in history. The book tells of confused negotiations between the British and Greek… Read more...

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