“Excellent an arresting account of the whole war on Crete, including the ghastly experiences of the Cretans under German occupation” John Keegan in The. The bestselling author of The Battle of Arnhem and D-Day vividly reconstructs the epic WWII struggle for Crete – reissued with a new introduction. Crete has ratings and 65 reviews. Czarny said: This is a very good book and one that is great pleasure to read. It is not however a masterpiece on th.
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Meanwhile, in the county’s small town of Surrender, Trajan Jones, a psychological profiler and the world’s leading expert on the life and work of one Dr. While the book was cohesive and was well-researched, it lacked the organization that made Stalingrad zntony The Fall of Berlin compelling and understandable reads.
If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world will move forward into broad, sunlit uplands,’ said Churchill. For anybody looking to read about the Crete Campaign, this book is ideal and is recommended for its concise and engaging manner. Acclaimed historian and best-selling author Antony Beevor vividly brings to life the epic struggles that took place in Second World War Crete – reissued with a new introduction.
Jun 24, Pages. Looking for More Great Reads? Bsevor the areas I would build out more or disagree with Wntony am happy I read it and recommend it. I had read articles and chapters about the battle but never a full length work. However, I can appreciate why this was necessary, given the historical significance of the events described.
In short the German’s landed spread out over the island in a plan more suited to a light or unorganized resistance.
I had a hard time following all the various participants especially the Cretans and Greeks and even the Germans. I recognize that the focus of the book is what happened in Crete, but the author left too much assumed.
It is a good book on an generally under the radar topic. In the resistance phase a number of civilians are discussed quite well. Beevor’s account is excellent: This story highlights the importance of bold aggressive action in war.
She grew up yearning beegor be an actress; but when that ambition was thwarted by marriage and the war, she turned to fiction. When reading Beevor it is clear that it had nothing to do with the loss of Crete, the reasons for the success of the German airborne invasion are clear enough in the self-delusion of the New Zealand commander and the persistence of the Germans in their use of Maleme airfield.
Log In Members Login. Fascinating account of the occupation and resistance in Crete, with accounts of the battle, quickly antpny into farse, particular highlights. It tells of roof top chases, the interrogation of terrorists to gain vital information, a beautiful, East German female who he suspected frete being a Stasi spybetrayal by people he trusted, an escape through forests pursued by enemy agents and ending in a climactic gun battle at Colditz castle, formerly used by the Soviets as a psychiatric hospital to detain dissidents.
I’ve read other books by and remember them as being more thorough and cohesive. You will enjoy the book if you don’t get too obsessed with keeping the cast of characters straight. It features cameos from a war-ravaged Churchill and an exceptional Nazi mastermind submariner, and takes us from the sweaty fug of German U-boat U48 as it torpedoes a British evacuee ship, to the tense atmosphere of the wartime strategy room. I read this book whilst in Crete, and with a fair amount of prior knowledge.
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But Beevor has difficulty maintaining his trademark readability in the face of a plethora of cretf historical figures, and the complex web of minor incidents and political intrigue that marked the resistance movement. Probably not so bad if you want some details about that trying period, but as a description of a battle, very poor.
Crete: The Battle and the Resistance – Antony Beevor
The spelling of many place names differed from the names I was used to so a detailed map would have greatly enhanced my reading experience. An epic battle that involvedmen, 7, ships and 20, armoured vehicles, the desperate struggle that unfolded on 6 June was, above all, a story of individual heroics – of men who were driven to keep fighting until the German defences were smashed and the precarious beachheads secured.
As always, Beevor is so easy to read. Little in Greece and Crete seems to have conformed to regulations, certainly not the archaeologists and romantics whose approach to irregular warfare had an air of fiction rather than serious military endeavour.
Yet, Leningrad’s self-defence came at a huge price. His book on Stalingrad won many prizes including the Wolfson History Prize. The NCO’s who had elected to stay on deck, bravely manning eighteen Bren guns to increase the ship’s anti-aircraft fire, had made a fortunate choice. In fact, it was no surprise to find Waugh himself featured in this narrative. Incredibly well-researched, and the opening chapters on the battle itself are compelling. Mar 02, Alex rated it liked it. Their authentic human story – Allied, German, French – has never fully been told.
Read it Forward Read it first. The people of Crete were incredible, friendly, and a delight to be around. But later I find these marvelous book about battle of Crete. This is a very good book and one that is great pleasure to read.