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  • #16
    Originally posted by Capt AFB View Post
    why were the British not successful during the Crete invasion?
    One of the chief reasons is that Crete is bigger. The British had lots more troops there, plus the Greek units; but the density, soldiers per square km, was insufficient. Also, they couldn't shift around enough troops quickly enough. The Germans would have, and had, good areas where to drop, rally, concentrate, and then attack from, that were not held, or tenuously held, and/or insufficiently counterattacked, by the enemy.

    Malta is small and cramped. There aren't lots of patches of ground suitable for air drops, and they are garrisoned.

    All that said, a Crete-like operation against Malta, in the same time frame, would have probably succeeded. It would have been terribly costly for the paratroop and airborne units involved, however, probably much more than Crete (which was significantly costly).
    Michele

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    • #17
      Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post


      Gozo is all but worthless.
      Nice place for a holiday though, I went there for my honeymoon back in 1981

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      • #18
        Nobody was thinking on : WHY would the Germans invade Malta and not Crete ?

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