World War 2 Hitler's paratroopers the Assault on Crete
by Ronald Ledwell, Sr
The Germans were among the first to raise a parachute force and they used them with tactical success in Belgium and Holland at the outbreak of World War II. The isolated island of Crete seemed to be the perfect place to use them in a large scale operation. The British forces were in disarray on Crete, having just escaped a Dunkirk-like evacuation from Greece.