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Diary May 20, 1941


German airborne invasion of Crete.
German airborne invasion of Crete.
Diary for Tuesday, May 20, 1941:

Air War

GERMAN AIRBORNE INVASION OF CRETE (Operation Merkur = ‘Mercury’): 490 Ju 52 transports take off from primitive strips near Athens, towing 100 DFS gliders and land 6,000 paratroops and airborne infantry on and around Maleme airfield; bombers pound New Zealand troop positions at Maleme.

Sea War

Atlantic: 4 Italian submarines arrive at Bordeaux on Bay of Biscay (May 7-20) from Massawa (Red Sea), which they had left in early March.

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