The Battle of Crete in 1941 threw 6500 Australian soldiers and 7000 New Zealanders (13,500 Anzacs) into a desperate 10-day battle against a huge German invasion force, including thousands of parachute and airborne troops. The battle was unprecedented in four respects: it was the first time Australian and New Zealand forces had combined in a major battle since Gallipoli; it was the first-ever mainly airborne invasion; it was the first time the Allies had made significant use of intelligence from the deciphered German Enigma code; and it was the first time invading German troops had encountered mass resistance from a civilian population.
Drawing on a range of new primary sources and interviews, Peter Thompson looks at the battle through the eyes of the Anzac troops to give a compelling and fresh account of this important battle.
Peter Thompson, born in Melbourne, joined the London Daily Mirror in 1966. He was a Fleet Street journalist for twenty years, rising to night editor and deputy editor of the Daily Mirror, editor of the Sunday Mirror and a director of Mirror Group Newspapers. In 1988 Thompson was the first Mirror Group editor to break ranks and expose the criminality of his boss Robert Maxwell. Thompson’s first book, Maxwell: A Portrait of Power, written with former Mirrorman and fellow Australian Anthony Delano, detailed the publishing tycoon’s rise to power through acts of fraud, deception and ...
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