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General Info - Battle of Crete
|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
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.
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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 '
Above: RAF Red Arrows display over Chania Harbour May 22nd 2011 marking the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of
See more photos here