By Pierre Kosmidis
Those events resulted in the last decisive German victory of the Second World War.
The Eastern Aegean was the setting for a series of German air-sea landings, something not normally associated with the Wehrmacht. German infantry carried out beach assaults and, unusually, Fallschirmjäger were deployed in their intended role as paratroopers, more than two years after sustaining frightful losses in Crete.
Read the full account of the Battle of Leros by Anthony Rogers, the tragic end of the LRDG and the defeat of the British.