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Crete : the battle and the resistance / Antony Beevor.

By: Beevor, Antony, 1946-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : John Murray, 1991Description: 383 pages, [14] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0719548578 (hbk.) :.Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Greece -- Crete | World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements -- Greece -- Crete | Crete (Greece) -- History, MilitaryDDC classification: 940.5421998 BEE
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The fall of Greece, the battle of Crete and the resistance are recounted in this book. Little in Greece and Crete seems to have conformed to regulations. The author portrays the relationship between the Cretans and the British, unified in their resistance to the German occupation.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [365]-369) and index.

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Library Journal Review

Few battles in World War II can surpass Crete for high drama, both on land and sea. Beevor, formerly of the 11th Hussars, writes about that battle with a soldier's eye and a historian's insight. Crete was a campaign unique in many respects, not the least of which was its ferocity. Beevor has a flair for re-creating the historical moment, and during sections of the text even the most detached reader will pause to catch a breath. He dissects the leadership of some of the war's most intriguing personalities, both Allied and German, illuminating their achievements and follies. His book is enriched with wonderful anecdotal material, some of which will both amuse and puzzle his American counterparts, whose military traditions are often so dissimilar. Recommended for both professional and general readership.-Robert A. Cole, ``New England Journal of History'' (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Known for the magnificence of their retreats (Gallipoli, Dunkirk, Greece) and for their glorious failures (Charge of the Light Brigade), the British seem to treat war as a magnificent show. Beevor retells the disaster of Greece and Crete as background to a rich catch of barracks gossip very likely collected in the quaint pubs scattered throughout England. In particular, Beevor focuses on the irregulars, individuals separated from their units, and highlights the special forces sent to harrass the Germans, among other missions. The author also does justice to the incredible German feat of taking Crete by airborne invasion, a unique accomplishment in WW II. This is not the final volume on Crete, however, nor the best. For example, Beevor cavalierly dismisses the Jewish tragedy, ignoring recent scholarship. He also does not give adequate attention to the vicissitudes of the Cretan population during the occupation. Nevertheless, the book is a fine read and supplies useful correctives to earlier studies, and overall perspective. Small bibliography; some pictures and maps. General readers; graduate; faculty.