Self-Inflicted Wound Allied Defeat in Crete, May 1941

Kostic, Samuel J.

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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