Crete: The Battle and the Resistance/Antony Beevor. BCA/John Murray. Hardcover. 2005. Out of print. Condition: As new. ISBN 0719548578
Expecting their airborne attack on Crete in 1941, unique in the history of warfare, to be a textbook victory based on tactical surprise, the Germans had no idea that the British, using Ultra intercepts, knew their plans and had laid a carefully-planned trap. Despite this, however, a fatal misunderstanding turned what should have been the first major German defeat of the war into victory over the British.
Written by the author of Stalingrad, this book recounts in full the fall of Greece, vividly reconstructs the battle of Crete, the closest-run conflict of the Second World War, then explains how Cretan freedom fighters, supported by British and Commonwealth officers from Special Operations Executive, carried on a continuous and organised campaign of resistance to the Germans throughout the ensuing occupation.
Together with photographs and maps, there is also an Appendix, extensive Bibliography, Notes and Index.