1st ed., 1985. 408 pp. D.j., 23 x 16cm. Spine of d.j., a little faded o/w FINE. The battle for Crete made history because it was the first airborne attack without the benefit of ground troops. It was also the first battle in which the civilian population stood shoulder to shoulder with the military, fighting for their freedom. The historical significance of Crete is directly linked to the outcome of the war. The Balkan campaign delayed Hitler's invasion of Russia. The delay caused Hitler to get mired in the foreboding Russian winter. His defeat in Russia marked the beginning of the end of his domination in Europe. Through comprehensive research & interviews, the author recreates the crucial battle for Crete.