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May 20, 2004

Today in history...

German Paratroops landing at Maleme airfield.

In 1940 German tanks reach the Channel, splitting off most of the British Expeditionary Force from the main french armies. The British have Dunkirk to look forward to. The French, occupation. Until the US, Brits, Canadians, and some French soldiers come back on June 6, 1944. A date lost to de Villepin.

In 1941, the greatest German airborne (and last big one) assault began on Crete. Casualties were so high Hitler never used mass paratroop drops again. The battle at Crete provided yet another of those chapters seemingly peculiar to Anglosphere armies... heroic defeats. Of course, as the Brits have amply demonstrated throughout their history - you only need to win the correct battles to win the war. Something the Confederacy learned to their sorrow in the US Civil War.