From: Cologne, Germany
Reading this I think the force around the bridge was nearer 550 than 1100 (the 1100-strong force in the scenario doesn't include II Battalion who are further west at 9AM)
Exactly, that's a good conclusion, and accounts I've read point to the same direction.
Where they came a cropper was with the para drops. Because their weapons were dropped separately, they took some time to recover them ( 40 minutes I think on average ) and it was during this time that they were vulnerable
While this is true for the heavy equipment (MG34, Leichtgeschütz 40 (LG40, AT weapon) etc, I'm not sure whether it's been the same with light equipment (e.g. MP40), since there are accounts saying that 25% of the paras carried these (small/short) machine pistols.
There are other accounts saying the paras carried hand-guns only (I can't imagine them just carrying pistols though, as pistols used to be reserved to CO's and military police, afaik), during the drop.
Also, I'm not sure whether the number of MG34s in the game is correct. Most accounts say that every 8th to 12th german soldier carried a MG34, one guarantor for the massive firepower deployed on Crete.
But in cases where they were dropped some distance from allied troops they were largely none-the-worse albeit it took them some time to get going.
There are many vet-reports about larger parts of the paras dropping over various huge agave fields, inflicting casualties even before any enemy opposition had been engaged/met.
< Message edited by GoodGuy -- 7/4/2006 5:26:03 PM >
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