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|Battle of Crete
|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
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Programme of Commemorations around Chania for the 78th Anniversary of the Battle of Crete 2019
Programme for 2019
Friday 17 May 2019
- 11:00a.m. 5th Cretan Division at Kolimbari .
Saturday 18 May 2019
- 18.00 Nea Hora harbour. Memorial service & laying of wreaths. With the mayor of Chania
Sunday 19 May 2019
(Greek Municipal Elections moved to Sunday 26th May, with European Elections).
Monday 20 May 2019
- 10:00 a.m. Doxology at Metropolitan Church in Chania .
- 11:00 a.m. Firkas Fortress Flag Raising by Maritime Museum .
- 13:00 Ceremony at the German War Cemetery , at Maleme .
- 17.00 Ceremony at the Allied War Cemetery Souda Bay. British Embassy
Tuesday 21 May 2019
- 10.00 a.m Alikaianos Keriti Memorial
-12.30 Memorial New Zealand - Australian ANZAC at 42nd Tsikaliaria St..
- 18:30 Closing Ceremony at Maleme Airfield - Battle of Crete monument.
Above: RAF Red Arrows display over Chania Harbour May 22nd 2011 marking the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Crete.
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