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Greece and Crete - Australians in World War II 

 

The Prime Minister of Australia, Robert Menzies and Sir Winston Churchill

Commander 1st Australian Corps, Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Blamey

British Foreign Secretary, Sir Anthony Eden, and Chief of the Imperial General Staff, General Sir John Dill

Australian troops wait to embark for Greece from the wharf at Alexandria, Egypt.

Australians embark for Greece, April 1941

HMAS Perth, HMS Orion and HMS Ajax

An Australian soldier reads a magazine aboard a troopship bound for Greece

Petty Officer ‘Nutty’ Ferris ready for action in the Mediterranean Sea

Gun crew in action aboard an Australian ship in the Mediterranean

Troops bound for Greece prepare for attack during an air alarm

Australians view Athens from the Acropolis

Australians on leave in Athens visit the Acropolis

Australians join Greek soldiers on leave from Albania for a drink at an Athens taverna

Allied soldiers in an Athens café

Private Jack Wilson and Private Geoffrey Andrew of the 2/4th Battalion

Private Jack Wilson and Private Geoffrey Andrew of the 2/4th Battalion pose for a photograph while sightseeing in Athens

HMAS Stuart at Matapan

The British Fleet at the Battle of Cape Matapan

HMS Ajax deploys a smoke screen during the Battle of Cape Matapan

Air attack was the biggest problem confronting transport along the Greek roads

Men form a home guard and arm themselves to defend their villages against parachutists

Action in the Vale of Tempe, Greece

Piraeus after raids by German aircraft during the night of 6 April 1941

Some of the damage from the German bombing of Piraeus on 6 April 1941

The town of Larisa during an air raid, 1941

Locals in the village of Elasson after its bombing by the Germans

Villagers congregate in Servia

Women and children carry food and other essential supplies into the hills to escape the German bombing

On the pass north of Elasson, Greek women work to repair roads damaged by heavy military traffic

Greek, British, Australian and New Zealand troops mingled on the mountain roads of Greece, April 1941.

A truck of the Australian 6th Division attempts to negotiate a road at Servia congested with Greek troops from the north and a line of carts carrying their equipment.

Australians stop to chat on a Servia street crowded with Greek soldiers and cartloads of equipment, April 1941.

Australian soldiers use donkeys to carry themselves and their equipment along a Greek road, April 1941.

Members of a signals section stop on the road near Elasson en route to setting up a headquarters north of Athens, April 1941.

The three senior British force commanders in Greece: Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Blamey, Lieutenant General Sir Maitland Wilson and Major General Bernard Freyberg of New Zealand, 1941.

Meeting of the Anglo–Greek War Council, Athens, Greece, 1941.

Lieutenant Colonel Ivan Dougherty stands in the snow with the commanding officer of the flanking Greek battalion at Vevi, 11 April 1941.

Members of the 1st Anti-Tank Regiment rest after the withdrawal from Vevi, 13 April 1941.

Troops set up a Bren gun aboard a ship evacuating British civilians and German prisoners from mainland Greece, 13 April 1941.

Members of the 2/1st Machine Gun Battalion recently arrived from England pose with a one-ton truck at the Servia Pass, 13 April 1941.

The Aliakmos Bridge after it was demolished, 13 April 1941.

The remains of a German aircraft brought down by Bren gun fire burns in a river bed north of Larissa, 16 April 1941.

The mountain track leading west from Servia to the position held by the Greeks, April 1941.

Members of the 2/3rd Carrier Platoon of the 16th Brigade near Gerania, April 1941.

Australian soldiers, probably from the Bren gun carrier unit of the 2/11th Battalion, pose with Greek soldiers beside their tent lines.

Lieutenant Edward Wood of the 2/1st Field Regiment engages in conversation with some Greek children at No. 2 Camp, Glyphada, near Athens.

Members of the 2/1st Field Regiment play two-up at Rouf Siding, Athens, before boarding a train en route to Larissa, April 1941.

An enforced stop at Larissa during the withdrawal to the Thermoplylae Line, April 1941.

Soldiers of the 2/2nd Battalion cross the Aliakmos River after withdrawing from the Veria Pass, 17 April 1941.

Members of the 1st Corps Signals at Levadia prepare to destroy all non-essential equipment before retreating towards Kalamata, 20 April 1941.

Motor ambulance personnel evacuate a wounded soldier at Levadia, April 1941.

The original grave markers for Corporal Arthur Liddell and Corporal Albert Spencer of the 
2/11th Battalion, who were both killed in action on 20 April 1941.

German prisoners captured during the first contact between Australian and German forces, Servia Pass, April 1941.

Greek forces retreating before the German invasion, 1941.

The Corinth Canal connects the Peloponnese with the remainder of Greece.

Sappers of the 2/8th Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers, prepare to crater the main road in the Erithrai Pass, north of Thivai, on 23 April 1941.

Burning trucks on the plain south of Lamia, April 1941.

Members of the 2/2nd Battalion prepare to drink from a waterfall during the retreat, April 1941.

Exhausted Australian signallers from the 6th Division have a quick break after being on duty for 48 hours without a rest, only a mile from the front line.

Nurses of the 2/6th Australian General Hospital take refuge in a cemetery in Argos to avoid an air attack, 24 April 1941.

Lieutenant ‘Skip’ Flavelle, 21 Battalion, New Zealand Army, with a Greek family who offered shelter to Allied soldiers escaping the German advance in Greece in April 1941.

Australian troops rest under the trees in the Kalamata area while awaiting embarkation during the withdrawal of the Allied forces from Greece, 26 April 1941.

British and Australian troops march through a street in Kalamata to the evacuation point in the area, 26 April 1941.

An Australian soldier carries a pup nicknamed ‘Dive Bomber’ that he picked up during a raid in the north of Greece and kept throughout the evacuation.

‘Horrie the Wog Dog’, adopted by Private Jim Moody of the 2/1st Machine Gun Battalion in Egypt.

Nurses of the 2/6th Australian General Hospital on board the hospital ship HM Aba

Australians en route to Crete during the evacuation, April 1941.

Water sprays into the air from a near miss in an attack on HMAS Perth by German bombers.

Bren gunners fire on enemy aircraft attacking their transport vessel, Costa Rica, during the evacuation from mainland Greece, April 1941.

The Royal Navy destroyer HMS Hereward takes troops off the sinking Dutch transport SS Costa Rica.

Members of the 6th Division Signals aboard the destroyer HMS Wryneck receive loaves of bread from the crew of an oil tanker, 25 April 1941.

Troops evacuated from Greece arrive safely in Alexandria, Egypt, 28 April 1941.

Troops evacuated from Greece regroup on the wharf at Alexandria, 28 April 1941.

Tea and rations were ready for the men as they disembarked, 28 April 1941.

Bearded, war stained and wounded, Private Clive Armstrong arrived in Alexandria in a condition typical of many who had survived the withdrawal through Greece.

Some Australians escaped the German advance without the aid of the Royal Navy.

German troops hold a victory parade in Athens, April 1941.

Australian and New Zealand wounded prisoners of war sit in a courtyard at the main POW hospital.

Austrian mountain troops and personnel of the 2/5th Australian General Hospital stand at the entrance to the hospital grounds at Ekali, Greece, in May 1941.

Australian soldiers attend a memorial service for Colonel William Kay of the 2/5th Australian General Hospital.

Souda Bay, Crete, where many Australian and New Zealand troops were landed by the fleet after the evacuation from Greece.

Allied troops evacuated from southern Greece wave to crew members of HMAS Perth.

A few of the lucky ones successfully evacuated from Greece land at Souda Bay, April 1941.

Nurses of an Australian and New Zealand hospital unit arrive safely at Souda Bay, April 1941.

The crew of an anti-aircraft gun.

Troops evacuated to Crete move across country away from the harbour at Souda Bay.

Troops evacuated to Crete move across country away from the harbour at Souda Bay.

An Australian soldier receives a haircut at an encampment near Souda Bay, April 1941.

Members of the 2/7th Battery, 2/3rd Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, man a Bofors gun on the north side of the Maleme airfield, May 1941.

German Stuka aircraft high above the guns of HMAS Perth, at sea off Crete, 22 May 1941.

Luftwaffe Stukas in flight, 1941.

Smoke rises from troop positions at Souda Bay being bombed by German aircraft, May 1941.

Smoke and dust rise into the air during the German bombing of Heraklion, Crete, 20 May 1941.

Members of the 2/106th General Transport Company shelter amongst trees and rocks during a German air attack, Crete, May 1941.

German mountain troops wait to board Junkers transport aircraft for the invasion of Crete, May 1941.

German mountain troops pose for a group portrait before boarding a Junkers transport aircraft at Milos, Greece, for the invasion of Crete, May 1941.

German paratroopers jump from their aircraft over Crete, May 1941.

German paratroopers descend from Junkers JU52 transport aircraft, one of which has been shot down by anti-aircraft fire, near Souda Bay, Crete, 20 May 1941.

Australian soldiers prepare to bury the body of a German airman shot down over Crete, 1941.

German soldiers cool off with a steel helmet full of water, Crete, May 1941.

A German motorcyclist waits as two fellow soldiers try to catch up on sleep, Crete, May 1941.

Coporal Thomas Willoughby and his men of the 2/11th Battalion.

Private Francis Green.

Lance Corporal Arthur Dowsett.

Private George McDermid

Private Charles Brown

Private Colin Elvy

Private Ronald White

Private John Fraser

Troops of the 6th Australian Division rest under cover from aerial attack whilst waiting for evacuation to Egypt from Crete, May 1941.

A Breda gun crew of HMAS Perth.

Members of the Royal Australian Navy evacuate troops from Crete, 1 June, 1941

Anzacs evacuated from Crete arrive at Alexandria, Egypt, in June 1941.

These Australians who fought a rearguard action against German troops during the invasion of Crete arrived at the evacuation place too late to board the last transport.

Group portrait of four servicemen from the Watchem area of Victoria

Members of the 2/2nd Battalion take shelter in a cave during the evacuation from Crete, June 1941.

Freehand drawing by an AIF soldier who escaped from Crete

A German photograph showing British and Australian prisoners of war assembled at the Retimo airfield, Crete, in June 1941.

German guards oversee the unloading from ambulances of casualties from Crete

Portrait of Private Lawrence Philip Saywell, 17th Brigade Company, Australian Army Service Corps.

Private Ronald Barrie

Private Alphonsus Thomas Hegarty

Sergeant Richard Sydney Turner MM

Australian, British and New Zealand prisoners of war relax outside an avalanche warning station at Hieflau, Austria.

Group portrait of sixteen Australians captured on Crete and sent to the German prisoner of war camp Stalag XIIIc at Hammelburg, Germany, in August 1941.

General Blamey chats with an Australian serviceman who escaped from Crete after having been taken prisoner of war.

12 year old Maxwell Reece, son of Stoker Petty Officer William Reece of HMAS Perth, receives his father’s medal

Private Vernon Howard

Map of Crete

Map of Greece