Copyright © 2004-2017  All rights reserved.  Carol Palioudaki      Living in Crete   www.livingincrete.net
Living in Crete
General Info - Battle of Crete
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________



_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________



__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Battle of Crete
Commemorations
The Battle of Crete,  20th May 1941

The airborne invasion of Crete took place during WWII when German paratroopers landed at Maleme Airport near
Chania.
Crete was the scene of the largest German Airborne operation of the war, and the first time in history that an
island had been taken by airborne assault.
Afterwards, Crete was dubbed the graveyard of the Fallschirmjager (German Parachutists); they suffered nearly
4000 killed and missing in the assault.

It was also the first time the Germans had encountered stiff partisan activity, with women and even children getting
involved in the battle.

Read all about the Battle of Crete at
www.explorecrete.com/preveli/battle-of-crete.html
Programme of Commemorations for 2016 - Please check back for 2017 updates

Sunday 15 May 2016
11:00 Kandanos / Selinos War Memorial

20:00 Opening of the Exhibition ," THE HUMANITY RESIST : THE CHALLENGE : THE BATTLE , THE VICTORY  
at Gyali Tzamisi at Chania old Harbour .   ( will be open daily from 10:00 to 22:00 until the 22nd of May ) .


Monday 16 May 2016
18:30 Kissamos Municipality Event (junction Kalliergianon)


Tuesday 17 May 2016
11:00 Sfakia Memorial , monument of the Battle of Crete .

18:30 Gouverneto - Chania Municipality Event


Wednesday 18 May 2016
11:00 ' Iroo Polenta "  at Vrises Apokorona

18:30 Monument of Nea Chora small Harbour at Chania


Thursday 19 May 2016
11:00 5th Cretan Division at Kolimbari .

18:30 Inauguration of Memorial New Zealand - Australian ANZAC  at 42nd Tsikaliaria St.

20:30 Concert by Navy Band at Firkas fortress, Chania harbour


Friday 20 May  2016
10:00  Firkas Fortress Flag Raising by Maritime Museum  

10:30 Exhibition at Naval Museum .

18:00 Galatas Hill Greek - New Zealand Memorial

20:30 Maori Bacchae Performance and Greek Naval Band , at Firkas Fortress


Saturday 21 May 2016
11:00 Ceremony at Alikianos - Keritis Monument

11:00 R.A.F Memorial at Maleme , Crete Veterans Wreath Laying

15:00 Welsh Memorial , at Galatas , Crete Veterans Wrath Laying

18:00 Souda Bay CWGC Ceremony ( memorial service, laying of wreaths )

20:30 Culture Centre of Chania Event


Sunday 22 May 2016
11:00 Doxology at Metropolitan Church in Chania

13:00 Ceremony at the German War Cemetery, Maleme

19:00 Closing Ceremony at  Maleme Airfield and Air Show by the F-16 Demo Team ' Zeus '

Source:  www.hotel-mike.com

























Above: RAF Red Arrows display over Chania Harbour May 22nd 2011 marking the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of
Crete.
See more photos here
Red arrows Chania harbour
souda battle of crete