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Ten Days to Destiny: The Battle for Crete, 1941
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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.Read more ›
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This is the absolute best I have ever found on this topic. It shows an amazing level of research and commitment. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Myrtle
Dr Kirakopoulos takes us back in time for the invasion of Crete in his book Ten Days to Destiny. Each page comes to life and you see the invasion from both the German and Allied... Read morePublished on January 15, 2012 by Emanuel Kandilakis
The authors name says it all. The book covers almost everything the reader would want to know except you can't help notice the author has a total allied biases. Read morePublished on September 10, 2007 by S. Schiller