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Major Peart is interviewed on the day he was evacuated from Crete by
Doug Laurenson, NZBU Commentator, about the opening of the German
invasion of Crete.
The first air blitz proceeding the enemies landing lasted an hour or so.
It suddenly stopped and was followed by the arrival of paratroop
carrying aeroplanes. The German paratroops were shot in their hundreds,
some before hitting the ground.
Major Peart goes on to describe the colour coding used for the
parachutes used to signify the leader of a section, ammunition,
weapons, stores etc.
He also said that if Paratroops are dropped anywhere near our armed
ground forces there is no possibility of the enemy paratroops operation
being successful.

DAT121 Tk2

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Year 1941

Reference number 12550

Media type AUDIO

Collection Sound Collection

Ngā Taonga Korero Collection

Credits PEART, Joseph Norris

Duration 00:03:29

Date 31 May 1941

Subject Crete (Greece)/Greece
Parachute troops/Topical
World War, 1939-1945