Nazi Germany launches an airborne invasion of Crete, Greece during World War II. A map shows the advance of the German forces towards Crete. Airborne forces commanded by General Kurt Student advance forward. German pilots fly towards Crete. German Luftwaffe Junkers Ju 52 fly towards Crete. The aircraft drop bombs and attack. German paratroopers descend and land below. Machine gunners fire guns. Wrecked Allied aircraft. The German forces advance. German troops climb hills. German soldiers carry guns and attack Allied soldiers. Airplanes drop bombs on land. Soldiers fire artillery. Soldiers hide behind a rocky hill. Soldiers on foot march Allied prisoners (many of the POW appear to be British). The city after the invasion.
The German invasion of Crete, Greece during World War II. An animated map of Europe shows distances from Crete island to the nearby coasts. A Nazi aircraft in a field. German soldiers look on at a map before invading Crete island. An officer briefs the soldiers. Men in a field as they work on guns and various other equipment. The equipment being loaded into an aircraft. Aircraft lined up in a field. Soldiers prepare to board the planes. A machine gun on a plane. Men board the aircraft. The aircraft are lined up. Smoke rises in the background. The planes in flight. A pilot in a cockpit works on controls. German Stukas in flight over houses and fields. Paratroopers jump from the planes. A Stuka shoots down a British aircraft. Aerial view of the city. A German plane lands in a field. Soldiers wearing life jackets board the flight. The aircraft in flight and a pilot in the cockpit of the plane. German paratroopers drop and land. Soldiers fire from behind the sand bag mounds. Damaged Nazi planes. Bullet hits on aircraft bodies. A plane parked in a field as soldiers walk past it.
German campaign in Crete. German troops patrol the captured city of Crete. German soldiers in military vehicles drive on a road. German soldiers capture surrendered British soldiers with their hands held high. The British prisoners of war are seen being marched on a beach. British soldier prisoners of war wait on beaches and in encampments under Nazi German guard. A German officer reviews documents. German forces hand out food to British prisoners and a German medic bandages the hand of a British soldier. Citizens in Crete gathered outside a hotel where German officers stand on balcony and address the crowd. German troops in the captured city setup gun emplacements to guard the city. Two mostly sunken ships off the coast of Crete.
German campaign during The Battle of Crete. Troops establish camps in Crete. They open tents and light camp fires. Soldiers play cards inside one of the tents. They cook eggs in a small pan over a fire. A German officer speaks to the troops. Officers inspect an howitzer. The troops march. German troops and officers eat. Soldiers listen to the radio. Troops put on uniforms. German JU-52 aircraft taxi and take off. A fleet of aircraft in flight. Paratroopers descend via parachute.
German campaign in Balkans and Crete, Greece. Preparations for The Battle of Crete. German soldiers en route to Balkans pass through Hungary and Romania. The troops march with rifles in hands. Soldiers look out of train windows, read books, and converse. German troops get off the train in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. An animation shows the route of the train. Soldiers prepare vegetables and cook food. Troops look out of train windows and wave at civilians.
German airborne campaign against Crete in May 1941. German soldiers scan mountainous terrain through binoculars. German Junkers JU-52 transport aircraft in flight. Paratroopers descend. Supplies and equipment dropped from an aircraft. German soldiers open boxes. Junkers JU-52 parked on ground at Maleme airfield with soldiers in foreground. A German officer speaks to soldiers. Wounded German soldiers loaded aboard Junkers JU-52.