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"Partisan Meat" or the Kidnapping of the German General Kreipe from Crete

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Partisan Meat


In 2007, in one of the restaurants in Crete, we were served by an Armenian waiter who offered me a meat dish called “kleftiko”. To my question "what is this?" he replied that it was lamb according to a partisan recipe and told the following history.

During the Second World War, the partisans of Crete kidnapped the German general, the commander of all the troops of the island, and hid him for a long time in the mountains from the Nazis, very often changing the place of shelter. And the Germans, of course, were looking hard for him. And, in the end, the general was sent to Egypt, controlled by England. That is, a German general is a ram, and for a very long time, like a carcass, they dragged him through the mountains (a kind of cooking meat). And as a result, the meat becomes soft, juicy and tender, and bringing it to a condition is already a matter of technology.

I tried it. And really delicious. This means that the story was 50% true. Already in the room I got acquainted with the recipe for this dish. But nowhere was this romantic story mentioned.

Kleftiko and kleptomania are cognate words, and the correct name of the dish is “stolen meat”. Those interested can get acquainted with the history of the origin of this name on the Internet.

But the Internet also responded to the query "guerrilla-style meat, Crete", issuing "kleftiko". I was even more surprised by the response to the request "Crete, a kidnapped German general."

Butcher of Crete


There are two versions of this story: official (smoothed) and adventurous. Naturally, the second is more interesting, although the difference is only in the setting.

Many people know how the Germans took over the island of Crete in May 1941. The operation was called Mercury. In fact, this is the first large-scale airborne operation. British and Greek troops were evacuated to Egypt. British troops did not leave the island without their attention. And spetsnaz groups were often sent to the island. The population of the island favored the British, which greatly helped them in performing various tasks. One of the commandos was Patrick Michael Lee Fermor, Major. The story of his life is worthy of a separate story. British writer, scientist and soldier - this is how Wikipedia characterizes him.

Once in a Cairo restaurant Patrick and his friend Ivan William Stanley Moos were drinking. And under the influence of alcohol vapors, they discussed how to annoy the Germans more strongly. And they came up with the idea that it was necessary to steal from the island the commander of the 22nd airborne division located there, Friedrich-Wilhelm Müller.

Even then, Müller received the nickname "the butcher of Crete" for the mass destruction of the population that supported the partisan movement of the island. Previously, he was noted for the destruction of the Yevpatoria landing and mass executions. In general, the brute is still the same, decided two British officers. It should be noted that Major Fermor was on the island of Crete for two years as part of a special forces group, he knew Greek.

Alcohol vapors evaporated by morning, but the idea of ​​the operation did not. The plan of the operation was simple. A group of 4 special forces parachute onto the island and, with the help of local partisans, kidnaps General Müller. And then the sea takes him out to Egypt. A gamble, you might think. And you will be right! And I thought so too.

But the British command agreed to this adventurous plan. And already on February 4, 1944, an airplane with a special group flew to Crete. The group included two Greeks: Georgios Tirakis and Emmanuel Paterakis. The landing was coordinated with the local partisans. And the group was awaited on the Kataro plateau in a place called 10000 windmills.

The commander jumped first and landed safely. Those who remained on the plane watched the gusts of wind “played” with Fermor's parachute, and immediately understood why the residents called this place exactly 10000 windmills. Quickly realizing that the weather was not favorable for the landing, they returned to base. And so they flew to Crete seven times. But the weather always "let down".

A couple of months later, the command remembered the operation. And when I saw the reports, I was horrified. Then, instead of the plane, the group was allocated a boat. And on April 4, 1944, the three brave men reached the Cretan coast, where the group was reunited.

The joy of the meeting was overshadowed by the information that General Müller was replaced by General Heinrich Kreipe, who became the new commandant of the fortress of Crete. What's the difference, the brave men decided - it's still a general. Do not come back empty-handed because of such a trifle. And they moved inland.

Partisan help


The headquarters were chosen in the mountains near the village of Kastamonitsy. As the group moved in each village where they stopped, the locals arranged for them festive lunches, breakfasts, dinners and, of course, with wine. Special forces and local police came to greet, they also offered their services. The group finally settled in a cave near Kastamonitsa. Locals often visited them, bringing food and stuff. Having settled down, they began to develop a kidnapping plan.

Without the help of local partisans, the British would have failed. Their representative Mika Akaumianos took over almost entirely the support of the group. He brought passports and other documents. And together with the major he went to the place where General Kreipe lived.

The general chose the ancient city of Knossos, which is not far from Heraklion, as his place of residence. And he lived in the villa "Ariadne". To conduct a reconnaissance, Mika and Fermor, disguised as peasants, boarded a regular bus and drove to Heraklion. And then we went on foot towards the town of Knossos.

"Partisan Meat" or the Kidnapping of the German General Kreipe from Crete
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Mika's family owned the building, which was then located on the territory of the villa "Ariadne". They lived in this building for two weeks, becoming friends with the guards and observing the general's daily routine. After two weeks, Fermor decided that "nothing will come of it." And then they studied the Heraklion-Knossos road in detail. And they found a section on the serpentine where the drivers make a turn of almost 180 degrees, that is, they actually stop. This place was considered ideal.

On both sides of the road there were quite deep ditches, there were hills all around, covered with olive trees. It was easy to hide. Initially, they wanted to use local partisans for cover. But when they arrived, they decided to abandon this idea. The partisans behaved noisily, were armed with old rifles, attracted the attention of local residents and pro-communist partisans, who issued an ultimatum to the British:

"If you kidnap the general, then all of us will have to pay, and in general - get out of here."

Verbally, Fermor agreed. And he sent a group of reinforcements home. Mickey and Fermor once again went on a regular bus to inspect the route along which they would take the general out.

Operation Stolen Meat


The road passed through the suburbs of Heraklion, where stationary checkpoints were set up. And then she went to the central part of the island towards Anoia, where at the turn Fermor was supposed to release the general and the Greeks accompanying him and Captain Moos. And he himself, having driven a couple of kilometers towards the sea, had to leave the Opel Kapiten car. In total, there were 25 checkpoints and 20 anti-tank obstacles on this 5 km long road section. Everything is like in the movies!


Fermor and Moos in the form of corporals of the field gendarmerie

The good angel Miki got out somewhere a German uniform (2 sets), red lanterns and a traffic controller's baton.

April 26, 1944 is the day "H". The group took its place in the evening and waited for the general. When the car appeared, Moos and Fermor stepped out into the road in the uniform of a corporal. Having stopped the car, Fermor asked for a waybill, the general, naturally, began to be indignant. Then Formor demanded to say the password. The nervous general jumped out of the car, where he was immediately announced that he was a prisoner of His Majesty the King of Great Britain. The driver was taken out of the car. And he, accompanied by Mika and the cover group, walked towards the mountains. As it turned out later, the driver was soon stabbed to death and buried, covered with stones.

In the meantime, the car, as written, drove the entire planned route. And in the abandoned opel, the Germans found the next day: butts of English cigarettes, a soldier's beret, an Agatha Christie novel and a note

"General Kreipe is on his way to Cairo."


Opel Kapiten. A pennant is visible on the car.

On April 27, the British military radio station Calais broadcast a message that General Kreipe had been brought to the African coast and was in full cooperation with the British command.

Initially, on April 27, the Germans began to conduct search activities, but they quickly turned them down. Those who have been to Crete know that the northern coast of the island is flatter, and the southern one is more steep. The group had a plan to dive on a boat in the area of ​​the southern coast, and there they headed. It should be noted that the British had almost constant radio communication with the center through the partisans. Messengers came virtually every day. But the Germans are not bastard either. Through their channels, they learned that the general was still on the island. The area where the group was located was established. And the persecution began.

The guerrilla liaison constantly warned the British about the appearance of the Germans in their immediate vicinity. And ordinary Greeks, naturally, knowing about the abducted general, when the Germans appeared in their area, they kindled fires on the tops of mountains and hills. May is May, and there is still snow in the mountains, and it is very cold, especially at night. General Kreipe suffered greatly from the cold, although he was given a Greek overcoat. And in addition, he broke his right arm, falling off a mule. Subsequently, he said that the attitude towards him was respectful. He got food first and in the caves he was given the best place.

The entire population of the island followed this deadly game of cat and mouse. And the game ended with the victory of the mouse. On the night of May 14-15, 1944, the group successfully boarded a skiff, which brought them to a military boat. There was a violent storm. And a day later, the group landed on the northern coast of Africa, in the area of ​​Marsa Matruh.

This is how this adventurous story ended. “The British are incredibly lucky,” you might think. And this is true. "Lucky for the one who is lucky." And this is reality. The incomparable support of the British, often at the cost of their own lives, by ordinary Cypriots? How to evaluate it? And, of course, the spy network prepared and left on the island by the British. The group was lucky, thanks to the coordination of the actions of the entire structure of British intelligence. And most importantly - the British fought for a just cause!

Afterword


We can end there. But there is also a logical continuation.

General Kreipe was taken prisoner and until 1947 was in a camp near Quebec. Released.


General Müller on trial. Greece.

Friedrich-Wilhelm Müller, General. On April 27, 1945, in East Prussia, General of the Infantry Müller was captured and was handed over at her request to Greece. For the massacres of civilians in the Diocese of Viannos on the island, General Müller was shot by the Greeks on May 20, 1947.

The icon of St. Nicholas, stolen by Müller from a monastery in Sparta, was returned to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during his visit to Moscow on April 8, 2015.

Sir Patrick ("Paddy") Michael Lee Fermor. A separate article on Wikipedia is devoted to him, I will not repeat myself. He died in the summer of 2011, having outlived all his counterparts. A BBC journalist once wrote about him:

"Indiana Jones, James Bond and Graham Greene crossed in it."


Fermor and Kreipe after the telecast. Athens 1967
Major Fermor on the left.

In 1967, Greek television conducted a program with participants in this story. Michael Fermor and former General Kreipe were invited to the show. Remembered the past.

And today in some restaurants of the island (only in the Russian-language version of the menu) you can see "guerrilla-style meat". Order - you will not regret it.
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  1. Mitroha
    Mitroha 1 May 2021 06: 15
    +7
    And so they flew to Crete seven times. But the weather always "let down".
    A couple of months later, the command remembered the operation being carried out. And when I saw the reports, I was horrified. Then, instead of an airplane, the group was allocated a boat

    This is some freak show laughing
    And if the command after a couple of months did not remember, they would have flown like this until the end of the war? laughing
    Thank you for a very interesting article. good
    1. ee2100
      1 May 2021 08: 54
      +7
      When Fermor and Moos came to the command with their proposal and the command easily agrees to such an adventure, then either they are not competent or they seized on this offer because they had no other plans to destabilize the situation.
      And in fact, when they saw the expense bills for 7 airplane flights, they recovered a little. I wanted to write, sobered up.
      1. Richard
        Richard 1 May 2021 18: 02
        +4
        Alexander hi
        Thanks for the interesting article.
        You put me in a puddle again as a commentator. There is absolutely nothing to add. I just don't know anything about it request
        Now I'm sitting on the internet and avidly read on this curious topic.
        Thanks for the new knowledge.
        I am sincerely glad that you have finally taken your rightful place among the authors of the "History" section
        1. ee2100
          1 May 2021 18: 24
          +2
          No, there was an addition about the repression after the flight of the special group. I have described this story "superficially". The main thing is to convey the essence and the "spirit" that was at that time in Egypt and Crete.
          Absolutely incomparable two wars, in Europe and on the territory of the USSR.
          I hoped for you that you would add something to my story. This will only make everyone feel better.
          Thank you sincerely for your comment.
  2. vladcub
    vladcub 1 May 2021 06: 28
    +9
    In fact, this is a ready-made script for an action movie. If you add some beauty here, it will turn out with elements of melodrama
    1. Alex013
      Alex013 1 May 2021 09: 07
      +4
      It turns out Moss wrote a story based on these events, on which a film was later filmed.)) True, it was an action movie or a melodrama - the story is silent. The operations carried out by both our scouts and allies were in order. Some are probably still under the bar. Each of them is almost ready-made scripts for films.
  3. parusnik
    parusnik 1 May 2021 07: 32
    +6
    The abduction of General Ilgen is still cooler, in the center of the city, in broad daylight, and even to take it out.
    1. vladcub
      vladcub 1 May 2021 11: 52
      +4
      I agree with Ilgen famously conducted
  4. Blacksmith 55
    Blacksmith 55 1 May 2021 09: 10
    +3
    Didn't know about this event.
    But somehow they didn’t worry about keeping the secret at all.
    As described, meetings were held in each village, tables were set. And, the Germans, they were so stupid, they had no idea about anything.
    Yes, and the plane has flown how many times, and none of them asked themselves the question, what is it circling there?
    1. ee2100
      1 May 2021 09: 55
      +8
      I tried to convey the spirit that was at that time in Crete.
      The Germans naturally knew about the presence of partisans in the mountains, but the attitude towards them was neutral - they ran there with weapons, well, let them run, the main thing is they don't touch us.
      Kreipe regarded his appointment to Crete as a reward for military merit, and it was.
      He himself ordered to stop checks on the roads, in short, he began to be liberal with the population for which he paid.
      1. Korsar4
        Korsar4 1 May 2021 13: 41
        +6
        I managed to convey. The main tone of the story is a completely different degree of tension. Not on the Eastern Front.
        1. ee2100
          1 May 2021 15: 16
          +8
          In Europe, the ground did not burn under the Germans' feet
          1. Pane Kohanku
            Pane Kohanku 7 May 2021 09: 45
            0
            In Europe, the ground did not burn under the Germans' feet

            Alexander, I apologize for coming to the forum too late. drinks Thank you for the article! We are waiting for more! yes
            1. ee2100
              7 May 2021 09: 46
              +1
              Hey! Are you back?
              1. Pane Kohanku
                Pane Kohanku 7 May 2021 09: 55
                0
                Hey! Are you back?

                Yeah. I was absent for three days. Late - with all the Holidays, all of you!
                1. ee2100
                  7 May 2021 10: 01
                  +1
                  Thank you! And you too
  5. Astra wild2
    Astra wild2 1 May 2021 09: 48
    +4
    Colleagues, hello. From May 1, all
    The author, you somehow crumpled the story. You might think that the Germans went and periodically looked under the bench: maybe the general is here? I don't believe the Gestapo was white and fluffy. It is unlikely that there were no repressions.
    And one more thing: did the general travel without any protection?
    1. ee2100
      1 May 2021 10: 14
      +6
      The general went without protection. There was a light machine gun in the car and that's it, but his predecessor, General Müller, who was shot by the Greeks in 1947, actually "intimidated" the Cypriots and the Cypriots behaved rather quietly, fearing reprisals.
      If you describe the events of the persecution of the group, then it would have drawn on several large paragraphs and did not change much in the narrative.
      I don't know about the repressions after the kidnapping of Kreipe. The British tried to arrange the whole thing in such a way that it was only they and no one else who organized this operation.
      The Germans had their own sources of information among the population, but for more than 2 weeks they ran through the mountains for "ghosts". 100% proof that they did not have a general on the island.
      1. Catfish
        Catfish 1 May 2021 12: 06
        +7
        Sasha, good afternoon and May Day! smile
        Thank you for the interesting story, I haven’t heard anything about it before, but the question only arises: why did this general need to be kidnapped at all? Well, with Müller, this is understandable, but if it was already impossible to reach him, then they decided to steal another?
        By the way, in Greece, after the surrender of Germany, real battles began between the ELAS partisan detachments and British troops, even British aviation took part. And in Crete, the British returned their weapons to the captured Germans and all in a single formation fought with the Greek partisans.
        So you will think whether the Greeks should have helped the British in this abduction. request
        1. ee2100
          1 May 2021 12: 26
          +6
          Good afternoon, Konstantin!
          And a holiday to you!
          I wrote in the article that while the British were vandalizing, the head of the garrison was changed. But when the group got together, they decided not to cancel the operation. The gentlemen said they would bring the general, but the word of the gentleman !!!!
          In the article, I mentioned that there were 2 types of partisans, and often they were at enmity with each other.
          ELAS, this is about communist units and in fact it was a force. And the post-war events in Greece are a struggle for power.
          1. Catfish
            Catfish 1 May 2021 12: 40
            +9
            And the post-war events in Greece are a struggle for power.


            Yes, that's right, but how quickly the British sniffed out the Germans when it came to fighting the communists. So I imagine the Royal Army in a single formation with the Wehrmacht against a common enemy. laughing
            1. ee2100
              1 May 2021 12: 45
              +4
              Nothing strange, but Dunkirk? All links in one chain
        2. Korsar4
          Korsar4 1 May 2021 13: 43
          +3
          According to “Tobacco Captain”: “How many captains have you provided? - 10".
          1. Catfish
            Catfish 1 May 2021 13: 56
            +3
            Hello Sergey, Happy May Day! For me, this is the beginning of Spring. smile
            1. Korsar4
              Korsar4 1 May 2021 14: 06
              +2
              Hi Constantine!
              Happy May Day!

              It's already the height of Spring - the birch has turned green.
              Before that - Spring of Light and Revitalization of Spring.
        3. Astra wild2
          Astra wild2 1 May 2021 14: 30
          +2
          Konstantin, I don't know anything about this. Where can I read
          1. Catfish
            Catfish 1 May 2021 14: 37
            +4
            Good afternoon, Vera, with May Day! love

            Just type in the search engine Greece 45 years old and ELAS, there is a lot of information crawling out, look for what you need among it. hi
      2. Phil77
        Phil77 1 May 2021 12: 42
        +5
        Good afternoon, Alexander!
        First of all, Happy May Day!
        And I must admit that I almost missed your article. Thank God I have a habit of reading comments from friends.
        Thanks for the article, I read it and thought, what do all these events remind me of ?!
        Bah-bang! * Cannons of Navarron Island * Alistair McLean! Honestly, there are a lot of parallels. In general, a very interesting story, thanks for the work.
        1. ee2100
          1 May 2021 12: 46
          +1
          And you with a holiday!
          Did you go to the demonstration? Just kidding !!!
          Thank you for rating Sergey!
          1. Phil77
            Phil77 1 May 2021 12: 49
            +2
            But how! wink On YouTube, I admired the demonstration of 1976. That something has passed, you can feel nostalgic for the past as much as you want, but no one has yet been able to return the past.
            1. ee2100
              1 May 2021 12: 50
              +3
              Golden words, but there is also our youth!
              1. Phil77
                Phil77 1 May 2021 12: 53
                +2
                Oh, okay. Here on the site, and so nostalgia for those times is not overcrowded.
        2. boris epstein
          boris epstein 1 May 2021 16: 14
          +1
          All a Happy Holiday!
          Moreover, in this book there is overexposure, the group leader, the climber. But in real life, that climber died back in 1938 in the mountains while climbing. And the very fact of blowing up the coastal battery in the rock Alistair McLean tore off the actions of the sabotage group of the Northern Fleet Marine under the command of twice Hero of the Soviet Union Viktor Leonov. All this is said in the foreword of the book itself.
          1. Phil77
            Phil77 1 May 2021 18: 11
            +1
            You know I read it a long time ago, back in the magazine * Podvig *, remember there was such an appendix to the newspaper? So with the preface to the book, hmmm, it's a little complicated. But in any case, thanks for the information. By the way, there is our book with a similar plot , * Boatswain from "Fog" *.
        3. Richard
          Richard 1 May 2021 21: 50
          +1
          But I must admit that I almost missed your article.

          And I! We got used to looking for his articles in "opinions".
          Now, Alexander, thank God, is where it deservedly should be. Opal is apparently over.
          Friends, all with May Day and upcoming Easter!
      3. Mound
        Mound 1 May 2021 13: 29
        +2
        The German historian Guido Knopp in the book "Geheimnisse des Zweiten Weltkrieges" reports that after the abduction of Kreipe, the Germans shot 176 inhabitants of Crete.
        It is a pity that the author did not find time to indicate the sources of photographs, for example, from the site "Military Album" https://waralbum.ru/309306/
        1. ee2100
          1 May 2021 15: 18
          +2
          Thanks for the tip. In those sources that I used about repression, not a word
          1. Mound
            Mound 1 May 2021 18: 47
            +3
            It can also be added that the shootings took place mostly not immediately after the abduction of the general. But when punitive operations began, villages were burned and their inhabitants were killed, who, as the Germans believed, were helping in the abduction of Kreipe.
            Another photo with the "stolen" Kreipe.
            1. Mound
              Mound 1 May 2021 18: 52
              -1
              Alas, it didn't work out with photography.
              1. ee2100
                1 May 2021 19: 09
                +1
              2. ee2100
                2 May 2021 02: 43
                +3

                Photo from "Kurgan"
                1. Mound
                  Mound 2 May 2021 19: 12
                  0
                  Thanks for the help!
      4. bubalik
        bubalik 1 May 2021 19: 33
        +3
        General Müller, who was shot by the Greeks in 1947, actually "intimidated" the Cypriots and the Cypriots behaved rather quietly, fearing reprisals
        Alexander, good day hi
        The one who intimidated it was the commander of the 11th Airborne Corps, Kurt Student.

        He gives the order for every killed or wounded German soldier to kill at least one resident of Crete. On June 2, 1941, punitive detachments appeared in the Cretan villages. Not SS men and not "policemen", but the elite of the German army - paratroopers.
        Executions on this day were carried out in 10 Cretan villages.
        Most civilians died in Kandanos - more than 300 people, almost all residents. The village is being razed to the ground and declared a "dead zone".

        The inscriptions state that the village of Kandanos was destroyed in retaliation for the murder of German soldiers. Such signs were installed on the approaches to the village.
        In the village of Alikyanos near Chania, 42 people are shot, in the villages of Perivoli, Loutro, Pangalochori and Paleochora - 81 people, in Kondomari - 25 people, in the vicinity of Rethymno - 20 people, in Heraklion - 12. In total, more than 450 people.
        On June 2, 1941, soldiers of the 3rd battalion of the XNUMXst division of the German airborne forces under the command of Lieutenant Horst Trebes entered Kondomari. They were looking for partisans who had attacked a German detachment the day before.
        After several interrogations, the Germans gathered all the men of "draft" age. And they shot them. The village itself was completely destroyed.




        The commander of the German paratroopers, General Kurt Student, surrendered to the Americans in May 1945, was sentenced by them to 5 years, but was soon released !!! to freedom. Greece has repeatedly demanded his extradition, but was refused. The student died in 1978 in the Federal Republic of Germany in "honor and prosperity." He was never charged with the murder of civilians. like this recourse
        1. Phil77
          Phil77 2 May 2021 11: 52
          0
          Hello Sergei! But it doesn't seem that this is a terrible moral choice for every commander. What to choose. The daily / weekly / monthly death of your soldiers and the execution of those people who are possible!?!? Did not kill them, but .... It's scary, but this is war!
          1. bubalik
            bubalik 2 May 2021 12: 16
            +2
            Great!
            the death of your soldiers and the shooting of those people,
            ,,, then you justify the shooting of unarmed residents, children, women, professional military?
            1. Phil77
              Phil77 2 May 2021 12: 31
              0
              Yes, it is! * Necessary ;;

              Ю
            2. Phil77
              Phil77 3 May 2021 09: 02
              0
              Yesterday I answered incorrectly. But, Seryozha, try to put yourself in his place? Your, your soldiers are being killed by the civilian population? Your actions, eh?
            3. Phil77
              Phil77 3 May 2021 09: 04
              0
              I don’t condone, but I don’t condemn. This is fucking war !!!
              And in peacetime we are simply not able to put ourselves in the place of a SPECIFIC COMMANDER AND OFFICER IN HIS PLACE AND AT THAT TIME !!!
  6. Knell wardenheart
    Knell wardenheart 1 May 2021 11: 50
    +2
    Good story!) It's a pity that it came out a little late in time, but very dashing)
  7. Moskovit
    Moskovit 1 May 2021 12: 40
    +4
    This is the plot! I never thought this dish had such a story. In Crete, it is on the menu of all restaurants). And the echo of the war is still felt there. This is what I saw in one of the cafes near the cave of Zeus:
    1. Aviator_
      Aviator_ 1 May 2021 14: 58
      +2
      In the summer I will be with my relatives in the Crimea, I will try to put on the VO a picture of a German trophy canister for gasoline, rubber, whatever. Her condition is much better than the one presented.
    2. ee2100
      1 May 2021 15: 32
      +2
      "Echo of War"
      1. Phil77
        Phil77 2 May 2021 12: 16
        +1
        Sasha, hello! Well, I asked Seryoga * Bubalik *, how would he act in * student's skin *? Yes, damn it, war !!!! Can they be judged for what they do? It is possible and necessary, but ...

        We are in the twentieth-first century, and they ..
        honestly, I don’t know which is better.
        1. Korsar4
          Korsar4 2 May 2021 12: 23
          +1
          A good song answers the question:

          "Times do not choose ..." (c).
          1. Phil77
            Phil77 2 May 2021 13: 28
            +1
            Yes, I got drunk, alas! Oh, it’s not evening, then it’s not evening, oh, yes I ...,
            1. Phil77
              Phil77 2 May 2021 13: 31
              +1
              Oh yes, I was not asleep, oh yes, it was not me who dreamed ...
            2. Korsar4
              Korsar4 2 May 2021 15: 26
              +1
              The selection of songs is good.
              Take care of your health, Seryozha.
              Greek principle: a sense of proportion.
          2. Phil77
            Phil77 2 May 2021 13: 34
            +1
            Cossack; Oh yes you are my horse
            1. Phil77
              Phil77 2 May 2021 13: 37
              +1
              Oh, you are not evening, you are not at all, you are with me
        2. ee2100
          2 May 2021 15: 28
          0
          Hello, Sergey!
          Happy Easter, if you celebrate!
          I read about Student, but the story was not about him, but about Kreipe and partly Müller.
          No one justifies anyone, but this question is still topical. If your soldiers are killed, not by the military, but actually by civilians, even in the occupied territory, why would you look at it with folded arms.
          They are partisans outside the law, the Vienna Convention does not apply to them.
          In fact, these are bandits and this is the fight against bandits.
          I went to elementary school, we lived in Ukraine, and a mother from the village came to see a neighbor, and as I remember now, I was struck by their conversation between my mother, a neighbor and her mother. They talked about the war and the neighbor's mother told about the partisans and said that they came knocking at night and demanded to open and give food, but she and her husband did not open and then the "partisans" threatened to set the house on fire.
          Partisans are not partisans.
          In the article, I casually mentioned the left-wing guerrillas and those who supported the British. Kostya added, or rather continued the story about the partisan movement.
          In Crete, everyone had to coordinate their actions, a kind of Suharei convention.
          1. bubalik
            bubalik 2 May 2021 16: 34
            0
            Alexander hi
            If your soldiers are killed, not by the military, but actually by civilians, albeit in the occupied territory, why are you going to look at it with folded arms.
            They are partisans outside the law, the Vienna Convention does not apply to them.
            In fact, these are bandits and this is the fight against bandits.
            ,,, Does it mean, according to your words, that the actions of the Germans in relation to the civilian population, especially in Ukraine and Belarus, were justified?
            1. ee2100
              2 May 2021 18: 13
              +1
              You, Sergei, have not read my thesis very carefully. I will not justify this, but let's draw parallels with Chechnya and Dagestan and between partisans and "forest brothers", and if you find at least one non-ideological difference, I'm wrong!
              1. Phil77
                Phil77 3 May 2021 08: 59
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                War is war, and its name is war!
  8. ee2100
    1 May 2021 12: 48
    +2

    British in Egypt
  9. Mihaylov
    Mihaylov 1 May 2021 14: 47
    +3
    Cretan War Museum:



  10. bk0010
    bk0010 1 May 2021 14: 53
    +1
    If this were a description of a fiction book, then I would say "What a bullshit! The command allowed such an unprepared operation, yeah, I believe right away!"
    1. ee2100
      1 May 2021 15: 20
      +3
      1000% agree. It feels like the British in Egypt were mostly drinking.
      1. boris epstein
        boris epstein 1 May 2021 16: 20
        +2
        And before the appearance of Montgomery and the withdrawal of German aviation to the Eastern Front, they "successfully" skedaddle from Rommel.
  11. Radius
    Radius 1 May 2021 18: 18
    0
    Typically British adventure. Something like "Cannons of the Isle of Navaron". And most likely, just the snobbery of a few Britons looking for laurel wreaths. The operation itself, both in terms of purpose, design and execution, resembles an anecdote about an American aircraft carrier, which rushes to a Spanish lighthouse.
  12. Sergey Sfiedu
    Sergey Sfiedu 1 May 2021 19: 45
    0
    The incomparable support of the British, often at the cost of their own lives, simple Cypriots?

    So are the inhabitants of Crete. Correct.
  13. 3x3zsave
    3x3zsave 1 May 2021 21: 10
    +3
    Thank you, Alexander! A very interesting episode!
    1. Phil77
      Phil77 2 May 2021 13: 42
      +1
      You are waiting for Lishchovet, greetings from a friend.
  14. Cure72
    Cure72 2 May 2021 21: 32
    0
    Thanks for the interesting material!