Battle of Crete, May 1941: British soldiers stand by the charred remains of a German paratrooper. Such was the ferocity of resistance to the air landing German op that the paratroop division was decimated; following Crete, Hitler pulled the paras from the airborne role and send them to the Eastern Front as an infantry formation. Note the Luger held by the British soldier in the foreground.
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.