Battle Of Crete Anniversary 2011
Posted 19 February 2011 - 12:53 PM
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Posted 03 March 2011 - 09:19 AM
The program has not been finalised yet, but reports indicate the presence of the President and the PM of the Hellenic Republic, the Duke of Gloucester, representing the Queen, aboard a British frigate, the Red Arrows will be there, as well as many dignitaries from Australia and new Zealand. They will also be issuing commemorative stamps and a silver euro coin.
The official program has not been released yet but there are a lot of initiatives in many places other than around Chania, including Platanias, Sfakia and Rethymno where many Australians fought.
Posted 03 March 2011 - 07:04 PM
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Posted 06 March 2011 - 09:37 PM
For your information I have just come across a chapter in George Forty's Battle of Crete headed 'Withdrawal'. There is a map of sorts showing a route Beritiana (Beritania?) , Neo Khorion, Babali Khan, Askifou and The Saucer (Askifou platea?),Imbros and Vitsilokoumos before the switchbacks down to Spakia. I have spelled the place names as they were written, some I recognise others I'd need to look up.
There are also references to some marching for six days and another to making the reverse trip in two days.
As I expected, there is little about the route per se, more about the nature of the track (at most just sufficient for one vehicle to pass, along dry river beds etc) how the rearguard action went and the various privations suffered. You may find it of interest if you can locate a copy.
Posted 10 March 2011 - 09:38 PM
Thanks for the info, have got Forty's book (2009 paperback edition) but my copy doesn't have any map, I'll have to check other copies.
Posted 13 March 2011 - 08:51 PM
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Posted 18 March 2011 - 11:55 AM
many thanks to Mark Wilson in New Zealand for passing on this important information.
Fri 20 May
1000 Flag raising ceremony at Firkas Fort Chania – Also on at the same time is the Australian Ceremony It seems that the Aussie ceremony at Rethymnon will be at the memorial at Stavronmemos (not town as I said) at 1000 hrs.
1900 Ceremony at Galatas village Greek/NZ memorial followed by reception
Sat 21 May
1100 Ceremony at the village of Keriti, Moussouron (Alikianoau)
1800 Ceremony at Suda Bay Cemetery
Sun 22 May
1300 Ceremony at the German Cemetery Maleme
1700 Ceremony and re-enactment at Maleme airfield
If I hear any different from this I will let you know – but at least it is something to plan on.
mike from http://www.operationmercury.com
Posted 19 March 2011 - 05:25 PM
The only difference between your programme and that of Yorgos is half an hour on time of the Galatas ceremony on 20th.
I'm not sure you will miss anything at Mikes Hotel (unless its a Kiwi do at Mikes) at the Brits don't arriver until 19th.
I'm sure we will keep an eye open for the lemon squeezer hat- though I'll have to guess how like a squeezer any yellow hats I see are!
Thanks also for the op mercury link.
Posted 21 March 2011 - 01:26 PM
Many thanks to all who have helped obtain thgis information
Posted 22 March 2011 - 10:17 PM
I have been given permission by the RAF Regiment Secretary to represent the Corps at both the Suda Bay cemetery and at the sqaudron memorial near the airfield at Malame. He is looking into the purchase of wreaths on the island rather than me carrying two with me on the flight. Can anyone help with this is there somewhere on the island that we can purchase wreaths made up with the Corps crest.
As I am staying in Malame, arriving on the 17th, I would very much like to attend the meeting at Mike's hotel to get the feel for what will be taking place at both ceremonies. Which hotel is it and what date and time is the meeting to be held.
RAF Regiment Association.
Posted 22 March 2011 - 10:51 PM
I think that perhaps the best person to respond is Tim, and I'm sure that he will do so as soon as he reads your posting.
I think it unlikely that you would find any florist who would be able to make up a wreath with the Corps crest and would think it more likely that you would be able to find one who would be able to make up a wreath and affix the Crest if you were to supply it. The only problem with this is, that of the time available to the florist to make up a wreath. But this wouldn't be the first (or last time) that I have been wrong...
I haven't been able to get to Crete for any May Commemorations but usually manage to visit Suda/Maleme & Galatas during my summer visits and to pay my respects to the fallen.
Best of luck and have a good trip.
Posted 25 March 2011 - 10:06 PM
I have attended the RAF memorial service for several years. I understand the UK Crete Veterans & Friends obtain their wreaths with appropriate crests from the Royal British Legion. The wreaths available in Crete are not of the traditional"poppy" type with which we are familiar in the UK. Hope to see you at Mikes.
Posted 25 March 2011 - 10:19 PM
It was as I suspected I think I shall have to arrange to get them here in the UK and transport them myself and hopefully they will not charge me excess baggage. I still do not know which hotel is Mikes ?
I shall be at the Ledra apartments just off the main road have stayed there 2 years ago so know my way about a bit did the whole tour last time.
Posted 26 March 2011 - 04:23 PM
Directions to Mike`s.
Travelling through Maleme in the direction of Tavronitis Bridge, Mike`s Hotel is on the right hand side as you leave Malame - there is a garage next door to Mikes.