Monday, December 31, 2012
The New Zealand Division expanded on 14 May 1941
Friday, December 28, 2012
The plan for the invasion of Crete in 1941
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Shipping and Air Attacks on Suda Bay May 1941
Saturday, December 22, 2012
the sixty 25pdrs in Egypt in late May 1941
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The gunners prepare in May 1941 on Crete
Monday, December 17, 2012
The artillery situation in early May 1941
Friday, December 14, 2012
British political considerations and leadership
Monday, December 10, 2012
Right before the German invasion of Crete
Right before the German invasion of Crete, there were still some 14,000 Italian prisoners on the island of Crete. The British wanted to transfer them off the island, but the Greeks had hesitated, because they were concerned that the transfer might violate international law. In any case, the prisoners were still there when the Germans invaded.
A small number of reinforcements and equipment had arrived on Crete prior to the German invasion. There were about 2,200 marines and their guns and searchlights. There were also two British infantry battalions, 16 light tanks, and 6 infantry tanks. There were also sent a troop of 3.7in mountain guns. All this was helpful but insufficient to meet the attack that would be launched. This is based on the account in Vol.II of the Australian Official History.
Thursday, December 06, 2012
The Greek King and Government
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
British air strength on Crete on 30 April 1941
The British air strength on Crete at the end of April 1941 was very modest. They were based mainly at Maleme, although one squadron was at Heraklion. The extra RAF personnel were flown to Egypt, consistent with the idea that only defenders should be kept on Crete. Everyone was agreed that Crete should not be allowed to be taken without a fight. The problem was that there were inadequate forces available. The air strength was as follows:
At Heraklion: No. 112 Squadron RAF with 12 Gladiator fighters At Maleme: No. 30 Squadron RAF with 12 Blenheim day bombers No. 33/80 Squadron RAF with 6 Hurricane fighters No. 805 Fleet Air Arm Squadron with 6 Gladiator and Fulmer fightersWhen you realize that this modest force would be facing Bf 109 fighters and Ju-88 bombers, you can see that this small air contingent was inadequate to resist a strong air attack in support of an airborne invasion.