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Otto Scherber and was a serving member of the Luftwaffe during the Second World
War and managed to attain the rank of Major and went on to command the following
III. Bataillon. Otto Scherber was given the command of the III. Bataillon (3rd
Battalion) during the Battle of Crete.
The III. Bataillon (3rd Battalion)
dropped in the area east of Maleme airfield, right on top of the New Zealand defensive
positions south of the coastal road. The III. Bataillon (3rd Battalion) suffered
high casualties with many Fallschirmjäger being killed as they came down
and struggled out of their harnesses, or whilst searching for weapons containers.
Nevertheless, small groups of survivors went into action and carried out hits
and run attacks on enemy positions or held their ground against local counterattacks.
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