Today, hundreds if not thousands of people in Greece, Crete, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom are commemorating the 79th anniversary of the Battle of Crete.
On this day – May 20 – in 1941, Nazi Germany launched an airborne invasion of Crete.
They expected to be welcomed by the Cretan community and to meet little resistance from the Allies.
They were mistaken.
Australian, New Zealand and British troops, alongside the people of Crete, formed a crucial bond as they defended the Greek island.
The battle lasted 10 days.
The bonds formed between the Anzacs and Cretans have lasted generations.
Stella Tzobanakis is an Australian-based author and journalist whose parents were born in Crete. She has written a children/ young adult book which tells this extraordinary story. This book has been written as an educational resource and it is recommended to teachers and families.
It is also on the Premier’s Reading Challenge List across Australia and has been written for readers aged 10+.
You can listen to a podcast in English and read the description and all the story behind this book in Greek HERE.
Creforce the Anzacs and the Batte of Crete is available here.