Fallschirmjäger and the Battle for Crete

Photographs of the German Fallschirmjäger airborne invasion of Crete in May 1941. The German attack on Crete was the first major airborne offensive in WWII. [All photographs Bundesarchiv via Wikimedia, Creative Commons CC-BY-SA.]

Fallschirmjäger advance during the invasion of Crete, May 1941

Fallschirmjäger in characteristic jump smocks advance during the invasion of Crete, May 1941. (Bundesarchiv, Bild 101I-166-0508-27 / Weixler, Franz Peter / CC-BY-SA)

Crete (Kreta) Fallschirmjaeger, WW2 Airborne Forces

Lightly-equipped Fallschirmjäger move through the courtyard of a house during the Battle for Crete. (Bundesarchiv, Bild 101I-166-0508-14 / Weixler, Franz Peter / CC-BY-SA)

Fallschirmjäger Officer with MP40 Submachine Gun

A Fallschirmjäger officer armed with MP-40 submachine gun sprints across a field toward cover in Crete. Note the MP-40 folding stock and officer's map case. (Bundesarchiv, Bild 101I-166-0508-28 / Weixler, Franz Peter / CC-BY-SA)

37-mm Antitank Gun dropped by Triple Parachute over Crete

A 3.7 cm antitank gun is dropped by parachutes over Crete. Throughout the Crete battle, the Fallschirmjäger were hindered by a lack of artillery and other heavy weapons. (Bundesarchiv, Bild 141-0853 / Unknown / CC-BY-SA)

Wrecked and Destroyed German Junkers Ju 52 Transports on Crete

Wrecked German Junkers Ju 52 transports on Crete. (Bundesarchiv, Bild 101I-166-0512-39 / Weixel / CC-BY-SA)


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