The Allies get a bonus for attacking at night -- and they did with not so good results. They might want to go strictly defensive from now on. Those German paratroopers with their 8 Efficiency ratings are nasty tough.
The losses for the turn: Germans -1 step; Allies -2. Most combat resulted in Fatigue for one or both sides.
|The Heraklion Sector. The Germans are strong on both flanks. The airfield is to the right. Tough sledding here, though.|
|Naval Operations map, night of day one. A British task force bombards German positions near Maleme airfield. The rest of the navy awaits the German convoys. All units are undetected at this point.|
|Left-center of pic: The Germans take the city of Reitmo (6 VPs). Otherwise known as Low-Hanging Fruit. Australian troops have cordoned off the airfield.|
|Only some freak die rolls have saved Maleme airfield from capture. This is where the Germans are strongest. They have split the Allied defense in two.|
|My attempt at an overview. From left to right: Maleme, Reitmo, Heraklion. Wasn't Maleme a song by Rod Stewart?|
|German aircraft on search missions at first light of Turn 4. They can search 5 sea zones, but extra aircraft assist in three of them.|
|All British task forces are detected, but one. Send in the Stukas!|
|INCOMING! Stukas dive from the clouds onto the Gloucester, a light cruiser.|
|The CL is damaged!|
|For the Allies, surface detection fails to find any Germans. An air search reveals one of the convoys. Gulp! Almost made it through! Incidentally, one of those markers is a decoy.|
|On the bright side for the Germans, a DD is damaged in the battle. Two-of-three ships in TF B are now damaged. Back to Alexandria for repairs. Blood in the water for the Luftwaffe!|