“fine opportunity for killing the parachute troops”

April 28th, 1941, 22 days before the German invasion of Crete, the war office sends the following message to the middle east command. Communicating secret intelligence to expect a “heavy” attack by parachutists. They also indicate that it is a “fine opportunity for killing the parachute troops”. Here, the British command is confident of its capabilities to win such an engagement and decisive in its order to defend the island “stubbornly”.

National Archives, Kew. WO 106/3243

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