Where is Heraklion? East or west? Here is the answer.Malame was where the battle was won. And Student did wnat to drop there, directly on the objective. Lohr wanted aconcentrated drop and concentrating on taking Maleme.
Leohr wnated a more conservative strategy, Student dropping directly on teh targets which is waht the paratroopers actually did. And Why they suffered such large casulities.,
Student seaid in hindsight he shuld have gone with Lohr['s plan.
The Battle for Crete (Operation Mercury): An Operational Analysis
COMPARISON OF THE INVASION OF CRETE AND THE PROPOSED INVASION OF MALTA
"During the early planning process General Löhr favored a single concentrated drop to seize the airfield at Maleme, followed by a build up of additional infantry and heavy weapons, and then a conventional advance up the island from west to east. Such an approach would allow for a consolidated German effort and ease of command and control; however, it might allow the British time to reinforce the garrison either by sea, or by landing troops at either Heraklion or Retimo. Generalmajor Student suggested no less then seven separate drops, the most important being around the airfields at Maleme, Retimo and Heraklion, with the focus on Heraklion. Student’s plan would enable the Germans to seize all the main strategic points at the outset. It was predicated on the ground resistance being minimal. In the end Göring imposed a compromise plan. The drops on D-Day by 15,000 combat troops of the 7th Flieger Division would be made in two waves: the first in the morning around the town of Hania and the airfield at Maleme, the second in the late afternoon against the airfields at Heraklion and Retimo. This would be followed on D+1 by the arrival of the 7,000 mountain troops of 5th Gebirgs Division under Generalmajor Julius Ringel and the sea-borne elements."
THE AXIS AND THE INTENDED INVASION OF MALTA IN 1942: A COMBINED PLANNING ENDEAVOR
Well aware of that.Well, seems you don’t know much about German paratroop operations. The green devils jumped mostly unarmed, in best cases with a side weapon, while most of the equipment (SMG, HMG, mortars) were dropped on containers.
Well the US had a lot more bombardment resources. Hardly a direct comprsion with Axis in the Med 1941.Regarding overcrowded defenses in Malta, history showed us how the Americans wiped out island defenses in tarawan or other similar places.
None of tis supports your agrument.Where is Heraklion? East or west? Here is the answer.
What does your own source says?
"Generalmajor Student suggested no less then seven separate drops, the most important being around the airfields at Maleme, Retimo and Heraklion, with the focus on Heraklion."
Proving once again, in your rush to respond, you don't even read the damn sources.
You are so not worth my time to reply anymore.
Spelling mistake (I am on the phone)Collapsible SMG were jumpable, its why so many Fallschirmjäger carried them. Kar98K rifles and MG 34 LMG were not, which is also why the Luftwaffe pushed to get the FG 42 issued, which was jumpable.
And its Tarawa, not Tarawan.
Not that many. Most casualties came from losses in either shot down transports, crashed gliders, or casualties that occurred after a scattered landing in the middle of a major combat zone. It was less than optimal but the flooded fields near the invasion beaches weren't responsible for that many over all deaths.Namely the 101st, reading Winter’s memories, the 506th PIR lost a lot of men there, the 82nd 501st had also scattered landing on wet areas.
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