NEWS FROM THE FRONT
No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.
15th May, 1941 : In accordance with Hitler’s directive the Germans begin a series of aerial bombardment on Crete in preparation for a landing. The formations detailed to take part in this operation, directed by General Student, are the 7th Parachute Division and the 5th Mountain Division, supported by six infantry regiments and the VIII Air Corps (General Von Richthofen ), with 280 high-level bombers, 150 dive bombers, 239 fighters and 50 recognisance aircraft. Transport for the first wave of the invasion is to be supplied by 500 three-engined Junkers Ju-52 and 72 gliders. The mountain troops, who are to cross to the island by sea, are provided by the Italians with an escort of two destroyers and 12 torpedo boats.