Interesting diversion would be the use of the German airborne forces to turn a position - may make any invasion of Crete a moot point if they are roughly handled.
Prevent the escape?The Germans were too late to prevent the capture of the New Zealand 6th Brigade and elements of 1st Armoured Brigade.
I am afraid that that stand will have to be mostly Commonwealth with a symbolic greek force. I doubt the men escaping south with barely their rifles can be combat ready. If I am guessing correctly, the Greeks were trying to evacute men rather than equipment south.A stand at Thermopylae would, like the Spartans of old, be a last chance to show the world that the birthplace of Democracy would stand against expansionist dictators
Though going off the above did you mean that General MacKay Congratulated Savage?As evening approached, Brigadier Savage gave the order to fall back. More demolitions were set off, and two Companies plus two troops of A13 tanks provided the rear-guard while the rest of the men boarded their lorries and moved through the main Australian position at Brallos. General Mackay, CO 6th Australian Division was on hand to congratulate Savige’s men as
That is kind of an understatement on the very risky bit. Probably suicidal at worst.The more delays and more organised withdrawls the better it is for the Allies, and if they can get to Crete then there's going to be enough troops there to make any air assaults verrrry risky.
That is kind of an understatement on the very risky bit. Probably suicidal at worst.
From a Combat Engineer I know, he could calculate what would be needed to cut span or make a crater to the kilogram, but would then double it, just to be sure, and round up.