- This is an excerpt from the six reel film about the German invasion of Crete from 21-27 May 1941, the first mainly airborne invasion in history. This clip is from reel 2 of 6.
German soldiers in battle. Sound of bombing and shooting, Stukas drop bombs, sinking ship. British POWs raising their hands, marching past a harbor. Pile of seized weapons. Cheerful music over POWs sitting in a group. The narrator alludes to the British and their traitorous helpers. POWs in a gated compound. A pair of hands pages through a folder marked “Secret.” POWs receive rations out of the back of a truck while the narrator says that while the Jews are talking nonsense in London, these soldiers are receiving aid. A man identified as the mayor of Crete makes an announcement about the German victory from a balcony while a crowd of people listen below. The narrator says that the Greeks follow orders for calm and order because "what else can they do?" Greece is in German hands and the Nazi flag flies over the Acropolis. German soldiers on watch and ships sinking below the waterline.
- Film Alternate Title
- Crete: a hero’s song of our time (Reel 2 excerpt)
May 21-27, 1941
- Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Imperial War Museums
Hauptfilmstelle des Reichsluftfahrtministeriums
Eberhard von der Heyden