World War: MEDITERRANEAN THEATER: From Sicily to Crete

Last week General Hans Geisler, commander of the independent air unit of the Luftwaffe which has been based near Catania, Sicily, since December, wrote an extraordinary bread-&-butter letter to the Italian Prefect of Catania:

"On the occasion of our departure from this beautiful island, where we shared combat in strictly comradely collaboration with the Italian forces, I feel it my duty to express to Your Excellency my deepest thanks for untiring and arduous work in favor of our units in your province."

This meant that the highly specialized German Air Force unit which had pounded Malta into unimportance, which had walloped...

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