The Campaign in Greece and Crete

Here" were a people who not only had the right to help hut who also deserved help ...every consideration o f honour dictated the maximum possible help to Greece. B u til would be misleading to suppose that there were not equally strong military reasons for the adventure. As Mr. Churchill instated his review of the campaign, the military authorities considered that there was aline which, given certain circumstances, could he successfully defended. The Greek campaign was not undertaken as a hopeless or suicidal operation. It turned out to abe rearguard action only, though even so it was not without n Salutary influence on the enem y’s strategy in the Near ""East. ...Enemy losses were at least 6,000 killed or./ drowned and 11,000 wounded and these were all crack Lroops. He also used in his attack between 1,400 and 1,500 aircraft o fall types and used up many o f them with their crews. That was the scale o f forces diverted from the other campaigns which he was then planning— notably the assault on Russia.”*
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