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Albert Palazzo. Battle of Crete e-book plus Battle of Crete and Combat Mission--Africa Corps.

Albert Palazzo. Battle of Crete e-book plus Battle of Crete and Combat Mission--Africa Corps game, 2005, Army History Unit for distribution to authorised Army personnel

Wearing my hat as editor rather than reviewer I hesitated to publish a review of the Battle of Crete because it is not publicity available for sale. In the end I decided to run the review since I wanted to support the efforts of the Army History Unit and keep members up to date on this innovative approach to teaching military history to young officers.

The Battle of Crete is both an e-book and a game. It is the first of a series of books produced by the Army History Unit although books 2 and 3 in the series which will be reviewed in the next edition of Sabretache are card cover rather than e-books with the games only available in the edition supplied by the Army History Unit.

The e-book which was written by Albert Palazzo is well presented and easy to navigate. I liked the biographies, data files and other links that helped tell the story. I thought the maps were good and supported the text. What I particularly liked were the integrated movie clips which is one thing printed books have yet to achieve. (I say yet since I still remember complaining about no instant replay at the footy ground.)

I was actually delighted with the game since I remember the original Battlefront game released by Strategic Studies Group (SSG), an Australian games company in the late 80s or early 90s. I used to come to Canberra for Cancon on the Australia Day weekend to play the original SSG game Reach for the Stars which is going into its fourth version nearly 25 years later. I found the user manual for game on the game disk but it should have been available on the game menu. I get across the start line but so far the more experience enemy has held up my attempt to advance. I have heard that the game system is not state of the art but it manages to keep me at bay.

I enjoyed the e-book but am still losing at the game. I commend the Army History Unit for such an innovative idea. Although the Battle for Crete is not available to the general public, members should check the New Books section for books 2 and 3 in the series which are available for purchase.
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Author:Staunton, Anthony
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Date:Dec 1, 2006
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