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Ten Days to Destiny: The Battle for Crete, 1941

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Dr. George Kiriakopoulos is also the author of The Nazi Occupation of Crete, 1941-1945.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Holy Cross Orthodox Press (June 3, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0917653491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0917653490
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author has out down on paper the struggle of the heroic Cretan people during this difficult time in their long history of fighting for their freedom..It also covers the battle from both the Greek and British as well as the German side. It covers the background and the reasons for the invasion as well as its effect on the Nazi timetable for the invasion of Russia.. It begins with a spy story that rivals the most bizarre inWorld War 2..It takes you through the Battle and its aftermath in great detail...I have read and reread this book several times and I think it belongs in everyones bookcase
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Next to Callum McDonald's THE LOST BATTLE: CRETE 1941, G.C. Kiriakopoulos' TEN DAYS TO DESTINY: THE BATTLE FOR CRETE 1941, is one of my favorite books on this important, but often-overlooked battle of World War II.

Overshadowed by Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union a little over a month later, the Battle for Crete has been downplayed by many historians because the strategic implications of the German victory never came to pass, i.e., a possible stepping stone to Egypt, the Suez Canal, and oilfields of the Persian Gulf. However, at the time of the conflict, many in the world, particularly the British, viewed the battle as a life or death struggle for control of the Mediterranean.

Author, G.C. Kiriakopoulos' knowledge of Crete and its people is superior to any other author I have read. Kiriakopoulos is obviously well-known and respected by the Cretans. Many of the personal accounts of Cretan civilians caught up in the struggle are not available in any other books on the subject. As a native Greek, Kiriakopoulos has an understanding of the intricacies of Cretan civilization and culture that are lost on some of the other authors that have written similar works. Moreover, Kiriakopoulos writing style is more akin to fast-paced action novels than dry history. . . . but, alas, herein lies the problem: although the book is well-written, interesting, thrilling, and contains numerous personal accounts, the line between actual history and the author's conjecture is blurry. For example, Kiriakopoulos spends more than a few paragraphs on what the commander of the German assault force, General Suessmann, was feeling while waiting on the tarmac before taking off in a glider bound for Crete.
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The author does an excellent job of describing the world's first airborne invasion. The detail of the defensive planning is extensive, as is the background to the conflict. However the author's account (he is of Cretan descent) is heavily biased toward the Cretan defenders. German successes are attributed to luck or air superiority, while German losses are due to the bravery and skill of the defenders. Reading this makes one wonder how the Germans were able to fight the world for 6 years if they were the `keystone cops' that the book portrays them as. Still, this is book provides the most extensive account of the battle I have found.
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I really enjoyed this book. I have read quite a few books on Crete and the German Paratroopers of World War Two and this is towards the top of that list. The author just has a great writing style that is hard to describe. It is rare that I pick up a book and just can't put it down but this one did it to me. Great information, stories from all sides, and well documented sources. I can only say that it is slightly bias towards the Greeks and Cretans for obvious reasons but not too much by any means that it takes away from the book. The author's whole point was to bring up the view from the Cretans and Greeks anyway.
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This book is truely unique amongst books in English dealing with the famous battle of Crete in that it was written by a Greek officer and successfully conveys the spirit and courage of the Greek troups and Cretan civilians as well as their British, Australian and New Zealander comrades involved in the struggle against the German invaders. It is well writtten and does justice to all those who took part in this struggle against the Nazi invaders.
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