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The following lists are not exhaustive but are intended to include all the basic documents which have been available to the author.

(a) United Kingdom

‘The Campaign in Crete’, compiled for the United Kingdom Cabinet Historical Section by Lt-Col E. E. Rich, as well as giving an account on which the present author has leaned heavily in the early stages of his own history, contains a bibliography with a very full list of war diaries and official documents. These have been consulted in the War Office archives for the present work where they were available and relevant. Except for the two exceptionally important reports by Maj-Gen Weston and Gp Capt Beamish, the following list consists of documents not given in Rich's bibliography because they were not available to him at the time he was writing:

‘The Higher Strategic Decisions of the War, 1939–1945′, Brig H. W. Wynter, United Kingdom Cabinet Office Historical Section.

F/Greece/1 and F/Crete/1, Cabinet Office Historical Section.

Crete’, typescript draft of book written by the late Christopher Buckley for the Cabinet Office Historical Section; with comments by General Lord Freyberg and the New Zealand War History staff.

‘Covering Operations in Crete’, Maj-Gen E. C. Weston's Report, June 1941; with comments by Brig. E. Puttick.

‘Report on Air Operations in Crete’, Gp Capt G. R. Beamish.

‘The Strategic Importance of Crete, 1940–41’, Enemy Documents Section, Cabinet Office Historical Section.

‘Developments in the Balkans, A Supplementary Note’, Enemy Documents Section, Cabinet Office Historical Section.

‘German Airborne and Parachutist Operations’, Air Ministry/USAF Intelligence Report No. 95, 7 January 1946.

‘Brief Notes on the German Army’, GSI GHQ MEF, December 1941.

‘Periodical Notes on the German Army, No. 38′, War Office, March 1942.

(b) New Zealand

‘The Campaign in Crete’, five volumes, the official New Zealand narrative by W. G. McClymont, compiled from the war diaries and reports of New Zealand units and formations, the British narrative, Australian sources, the German sources listed (excepting those from the German Military Documents Section, Washington), and most of the New Zealand sources listed below; with comments by the principal living participants.

Files of the Prime Minister's Department.

page 526

General Freyberg's files.

Office records of HQ 2NZEF and HQ 2 NZ Division.

Headquarters New Zealand Division: ‘Report on Operations in Crete’, by Brig E. Puttick, 1 August 1941.

Creforce Report: ‘Outline of Events from 30 Apr to 31 May 41’.

‘Notes on the Air-borne Invasion of Crete’, by Capt R. M. Bell, 4 June 1941.

‘Report on NZ Engineers in Crete’, by Maj F. M. H. Hanson, 23 June 1941.

‘4 Brigade Report on Operations in Crete, 28 Apr–31 May 41’, by Maj G. P. Sanders, June 1941.

‘Operations of 10 Bde at Galatos, 20–25 May 41’, by Lt-Col H. K. Kippenberger, June 1941.

‘Report on Operations and Work at Suda Bay’, by Lt-Col G. J. McNaught, June 1941.

Narrative: ‘NZA on Crete’, by W. E. Murphy.

Narrative: ‘23 Battalion’, by Dr. Angus Ross.

Reports, personal accounts, letters, diaries, and interviews from numerous New Zealand officers and other ranks.

(d) German

‘12 Army's Campaign in the Balkans: A Strategic Survey’ (GMDS E.60/3).*

12 Army orders and reports (GMDS files).*

‘The Invasion of Crete’, 4 Air Fleet Report, 28 November 1941.

‘Operation Crete’ (and appendices), 11 Air Corps Battle Report, 11 June 1941.

War diaries and reports of 5 and 6 Mountain Divisions, reports of 85, 100, and 141 Mountain Regiments, 2 Parachute Regiment, and Wittmann Group (GMDS files).* No war diaries of 7 Air Division or the Assault Regiment are available.

Notes on German Air Force officers (compiled from biographical files of GMDS).*

Extracts from German newspapers (GMDS 12533/4).*

Interviews with Capt Karl Neuhoff, August 1945, after his capture in Northern Italy, and with Sgt-Maj F. Teichmann, Italy, December 1945.

(Those sources marked with an asterisk have been translated by Mr. W. D. Dawson of the New Zealand War History Branch, while attached to the German Military Documents Section, Washington.)