§ 47. Sir Leonard Lyle
asked the Prime Minister our approximate losses in men, ships and aeroplanes in connection with the operations to free Greece and Crete from German-Italian domination and whether any other allied nation took an active part in these operations.
§ Mr. Eden
Yes, Sir. The total casualties in killed, wounded and missing or prisoners of war suffered by Imperial Military Forces, the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy in the above operations to free Greece and Crete down to the time of the German evacuation amounted to some 40,000, mainly in 1941. Nearly 500 aircraft have been lost, and in addition the following warships have been lost or badly damaged, together with the loss of some 120,000 tons of British merchant shipping.
|Small number of minor War Vessels.|
§ It must be remembered that in those days we were all alone against a victorious Germany and Italy, and in dire peril.
§ Sir L. Lyle
Is it not obvious from these figures that the British Commonwealth of Nations have taken by far the greatest part in the liberation of this country?