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May 1941, Battle of Crete. Cretan civilians – men, women, children, priests, monks, and even nuns -armed or otherwise- joined the battle with whatever weapons were at hand. In some cases, ancient matchlock rifles which had last been used against the Turks were dug up from their hiding places and pressed into action.

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The Massacre of Kondomari. On 2 June 1941, German Fallschirmjäger rounded up the civilians of the Cretan village of Kondomari in one of a long series of mass reprisals on the Greek island of Crete. The execution of the men of Kondomari was orchestrated by Wehrmacht Generaloberst Kurt Student in retaliation for the civilian participation during the Battle of Crete, which had ended in a German victory only two days prior. Throughout the Battle of Crete, the Allied forces and Cretan civilians…

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Cretans attacking 3 Germans battle of Crete 1941. Island of the brave. 8000 German paratroopers dropped on a tiny island and the Greek resistance with little help from British killed more then half the troops as they were coming down. The Greeks would stab them with pitchforks and steal their weapons. Fields of blood ran.

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During the Battle of Crete (η Μάχη της Κρήτης), Hitler’s army faced the wrath of Cretans fighting for their land and their lives. Civilians joined in the battle — women too — to defend their island. Iconic images from the Battle of Crete (η Μάχη της Κρήτης) that were posted on HALC's blog.

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Alfred Hulme, VC was 30 years old and a sergeant in the 23rd Battalion, (The Canterbury Regiment), 5th Brigade, 2nd Division, 2NZEF during the Second World War when he took part in the Battle of Crete where he stalked and killed 33 German snipers. For these actions he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

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from Toptenz.net

Top 10 Deadliest Battles of World War I

Battle of Passchendaele in 1917 was fought for control of the ridges south & east of Ypres, Belgian. Estimated total casualties of 848,614.

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Crewmembers of Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) mans the flying bridge as they depart Souda harbor.

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