The battle for Crete and the alliance with Australia and New Zealand

The Battle for Crete was one of the most dramatic battles of the Second World War. Over 12 days in May 1941 a mixed force of New Zealanders, British, Australian and Greek troops desperately tried to fight off a huge German airborne assault. Despite suffering appalling casualties, the parachutists and glider-borne troops who led the …

Marking 75 years of Greece, Australia and New Zealand Alliance during WWII

This year the Alliance between Greece, Australia and New Zealand at the Battle of Crete during WWII marks 75 years. Like every year, various celebrations are going to take place to commemorate for this event. This year’s programme for 2016 is : Thursday 19 May 2016 – 11:00 Ceremony at Alikianos – Keritis Monument . …

The Hellenic-Australian Memorial Park in Crete

Just outside Rethymno city in Crete you will find a great WWII memorial park, commemorating the Battle of Crete, during which Cretans were fighting side by side with Australians in 1941. The memorial is made of three flanking pillars. Two of them clad in a rough-surfaced local limestone to represent the Greek soldiers and civilians …