Battle of Crete

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The Battle of Crete (20 May – 1 June 1941) involved the World War II German and Italian invasion of the Greek Island of Crete, defended by Greek, British, and Commonwealth forces, including naval ones. It was the first mainly airborne invasion in history, by German paratroopers.

Although a German victory, despite Allied use of decrypted German messages from the Enigma machine, it was costly, and Germany would never again attempt another major airborne operation.

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