"Four hundred men of the special forces held down forty thousand Axis troops"
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The British Dodecanese Campaign of 1943 was not quite as successful or easy as suggested here.   German forces took or re-took a number of the islands, including Rhodes and Kos, and held them until the end of the war.  With total air superiority in the Aegean, they also damaged or sank a number of Royal Navy vessels.

 The Campaign inspired the Alistair MacLean novel The Guns of Naverone.