BATTLE OF CRETE: The Natives' Return

The men in the 100-odd Hurricanes, Beaufighters and Baltimores were mostly Britons, with an eager edge of Greeks. For the first time the Royal Hellenic Air Force, built up in the Middle East, was taking part in a full-dress Allied attack on the Nazi-held homeland. Across the sun-flecked Mediterranean the light bombers and long-range fighters clove a path to Crete.

The Nazis had taken this island rampart of the Balkans in twelve nightmarish days of 1941. Now the Greeks and British pounded the power station at Malemi, where the Nazi padded paratroopers had...

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