World War: MEDITERRANEAN THEATER: Reckoning on Crete

As one George to another, Britain's King cabled Greece's last week a message of heartfelt condolence: "Britain shares the grief of the Greeks at the loss of Crete." Britain's grief was indeed deepseated, but it was not entirely sentimental. Not until last week had the full significance of the loss of Crete, in terms of British war effort, come home to the British people.

The strategic loss was severe, and last week the British felt the full force of that loss. British war vessels, trying to cooperate in the Syrian adventure (see...