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limited 1,000 copy reprint of an extremely rare WWII memoir. This one of the few memoirs ever written by a former German paratrooper. The Baron was in command of a battalion of paratroopers in Crete, being dropped at zero hour near Canea and seven days later received the surrender of the town. This book is the full exciting account of preparation, landing and seven days oflimited 1,000 copy reprint of an extremely rare WWII memoir. This one of the few memoirs ever written by a former German paratrooper. The Baron was in command of a battalion of paratroopers in Crete, being dropped at zero hour near Canea and seven days later received the surrender of the town. This book is the full exciting account of preparation, landing and seven days of terrifying battle. This is an excellent read and the Baron has a flair with the pen. Captured in 1945 in the Ardennes the Baron was bitterly attacked for his anti-Hitler sentiments as a P.O.W., after the war he became a professor of law at the University of Wurzburg. This book does have a small photo section. Bound in full cloth using an exact copy of original dust jacket published originally in 1958!...

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ISBN : 9780971385207
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 196 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Daedalus Returned Reviews

  • Martin
    2019-04-02 00:49

    Baron v. der Heydte was a German paratroop commanding officer who led the first wave of the invasion of Crete in May 1941. He presents his recollections and experiences of this new form of warfare clearly and sympathetically. Although not a nazi supporter, as a professional soldier he and his men fought fiercely and took heavy casualties before the British forces evacuated Crete.There are innumerable books about the Battle for Crete and its aftermath written from the Allied perspective - by historians, combatants and those who were part of the later guerilla resistance: Beevor, Clark, Fermor, Fielding, Moss, Pack, Psychoundakis, Stephanides, Thomas and many others. Heydte's book is one of very few accounts of the battle from the German side, and I think it is excellent. It should be read to complement one or more of the better-known British or Anzac books about the battle.Daedalus Returned is the English version, translated from the German by W. Stanley Moss who was himself one of the British guerilla agents on Crete later in the war, and who has written of his own experiences.