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Kilgore Trout wrote:Oh. So sort of like Operation Market-Garden then? Where the "crack troops" of three Allied airborne divisions faced a lot of ad hoc formations and battered units that were resting, re-fitting and assimilating replacements. Big difference is the Germans WON at Crete. But don't ask them. Ask the Royal Navy how it felt about getting so many of its ships sunk or damaged to rescue ... let me see, what was it again? Oh, yes: "a lot of technical support". Don't rely on Churchill's interpretation of the operation. The fact is, the Crete force was large enough and well enough equipped that it should have been able to easily hold the island. - All of which calls to mind another shot at the famous "Ultra" - seems it completely missed the presence of a S.S. Panzerdivision near Arnhem. The result - British 1st Parachute Div. never saw action again in the war. You have to be honest and admit the times when the other side kicked ass. I stand by my previous comment.
Unless the Germans captured Crete,Britain would hold Crete,and,from Crete,the RAF could attack the Romanian oil fields.
Why hold Crete?
Once the Germans had control of it was it not a self-run prison camp?
What advantage did the Germans have in holding Crete?
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