Heaven and Hell
The Diary of a German Paratrooper
By Martin Poppel
Isbn 978 0 7524 5701 7
During the fighting in Crete…..
“We advance on both sides of the coast road, following our objectives of occupying the airfield with units of 2 Regiment and Major Kroh. But we don’t get very far. In the hills round the airfield we come under heavy fire and are forced to leave the road and move south through the vineyards in order to make our attacks. By the time we reach the first hill, twilight is falling. The place has already been evacuated by elite troops from New Zealand. We were later to discover that the New Zealanders were regarded as the best troops in the Empire, but they soon sensed the kind of German troops they were up against here.”