No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

23th May, 1941 : Hurricane aircraft equipped with supplementary fuel tanks attack Maleme airfield. Some manage to land at Heraklion, under fire by the Germans, but not for long; that same day the first German fighters succeed in landing at Maleme.

General Ringel, in command of the German operations in Crete, receives reinforcements of mountain troops and decides to clean up the whole western part of the island. The British have formed a defensive line running from the coast to the hills, in the area near Gatalas. Ringel decides to split the forces in the Maleme sector in two; the paratroops are to attack along the northern coastal road while the mountain infantry move south into the rough interior to take the British in the flank. The same evening the ‘western group’ joins up with the 3rd Parachute Regiment at Canea.

About Ludwig von Gress

Born in communist Europe, interested in defence matters on a macro scale, with a cavalry “devil may care spirit” from his grandfather and cautious effectiveness of asymmetric warfare approach from his guerilla father. He sometimes despairs that he may be the only one taking the defence of Australia seriously.
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