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How did the Germans plan to conquer Crete?
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Some 16,000 élite airborne troops – both paratroopers and glider-borne soldiers – of the 7th Parachute Division would land on Crete’s three main airfields at Maleme, Retimo, and Heraklion, as well as near the capital, Canea. Once these forces had captured these landing strips, German aircraft would transport some 3,000 reinforcements from the 5th Mountain Division to these locations. Simultaneously, maritime convoys would carry a further 7,000 mountain soldiers to Crete for amphibious assault operations.