Antikythera Case Study

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Vocab-Flak:Anti-aircraft fire Antikythera is a Greek island lying on the edge of the Aegean Sea, between Crete and Peloponnese. Caique- A small boat Battle of Crete- Only large german paratrooper operation May 20, 1941- June 1,1941 Outcome- Axis victory People- First time germans encountered stiff parison activity, women and children getting involved in the battle. British Admiral- Andrew Cunningham secondary-Rear Adm. Edward King German air fleet commander- Kurt student born May 12, 1890. -secondary-Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen (10 October 1895 – 12 July 1945) was a German field marshal of the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) Mission to destroy british airfields, important toward driving british out of eastern mediterrenean, first step toward…show more content…
F)A couple hours earlier, British destroyer Greyhound was dispatched solo to destroy a caique full of soldiers that had been spotted off Antikythera. -The destroyer was caught and quickly sunk by two Stuka bombs. -Two other destroyers, Kandahar And Kingston, were ordered by Rear Adm. Edward King to return and pick up survivors with the ships Gloucester and Fiji to provide anti-aircraft cover. 2) Unaware that the cruisers were nearly out of ammunition, by the time he was informed and radioed for their return, it was too late. -Gloucester was mortally hit almost instantly, and completely ablaze she meandered aimlessly till 4pm till she was sunk by an internal explosion. -Fiji was also sunk on her way to regroup by German bombers. 3)By falling back to Alexandria, Admiral Cunningham was disobeying direct orders from London to retain control of the sea lanes north of Crete at all costs. -He knew however that the battle was already lost. 4)The British retreat was only tenable because Hitler had began to withdraw some of his forces for preparation of his attack on
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