Self-Inflicted Wound Allied Defeat in Crete, May 1941
Kostic, Samuel J.
Leadership failures in the defense of Crete were essential factors contributing to Allied defeat on the island in May 1941. <p> The Germans appeared unstoppable during the early stages of World War II. Inexperienced Allied forces were willing to fight, but the sentiment was the Germans were too powerful. Defeat became a foregone conclusion. To defend at all costs no longer appeared viable. Withdrawal and evacuation seemed almost commonplace in Allied strategy. Great Britain and Germany identifi