NEWS FROM THE FRONT
No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.
5th May, 1941 : General Freyberg appointed C-in-C Allied forces in Crete. He tells Churchill that he thinks it possible to repulse an attempted invasion of the island by sea or by parachutists provided he receives enough artillery, tanks, trucks and fighter aircraft. The RAF, after their heavy losses in Greece, are unwilling to set up permanent in Crete; they will provide their support from airfields in North Africa. The Royal Navy, running the gauntlet of Luftwaffe attacks, succeed in transporting to the island 16 light tanks and six armoured cars. Everyone is fully alive to the strategic importance of Crete, 600 miles from Alexandria and only a little more than 200 miles from Tobruk. The British fear is for North Africa, the German for the threat to the oil wells at Ploesti by British aircraft based on Crete.