Crete, a single island run by The Greeks, had seen its share of bloodshed, having been the site of a disaster when British troops defending it were completely subdued by Hitler's Wehrmacht in World War 2. Now, the tables had turned and it was The British that were the attackers. Unlike their German counterparts' strategy of an airborne drop, they had opted for a more simple idea of a naval landing. Early on the morning of the invasion of Eurasian Collectivist held Ukraine and Arstotzka, The British invaded Crete by literally sailing their ships into the harbour unannounced. The British I Corps with its four divisions had begun its first operation under its own banner instead of The ECA's.
As soon as they were moored up, the soldiers on board poured out to secure the docks so that they could swiftly unload their vehicles. It was risky, but the idea that the defence of Crete would be lax or non-existent prevailed in taking this course of action.