Battle of Crete

The Battle of Crete : 20th May – 1st June 1941

On a trip to Crete in August 2004 I had a chance to visit some of the sites relating to the Battle of Crete. They are presented in the Crete gallery pages. A few maps are reproduced below to try and put some of these photos into context.

Panoramic view eastwards towards Chania, taken from the top of Hill 107

Panoramic view eastwards towards Chania, taken from the top of Hill 107

A larger version of this panorama is available for download here – large panoramic view (996K).

Modern day map of the Maleme - Chania coastline

Modern day map of the Maleme - Chania coastline

The map above is not completely up to date – there is now a new main road inland of the coast road, running roughly along the Galatas-Vlaheronitissa line. The map above is not too clear, so again a large downloadable map is available, covering a slightly larger area – map of northwest Crete (692KB).

Allied troop dispositions, Maleme - Chania sector, 20 May 1941 (Source: The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Military History and NZHistory.net)

Allied troop dispositions, Maleme - Chania sector, 20 May 1941 (Source: The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Military History and NZHistory.net)

Map of a slightly larger area covering Kastelli - Souda

Map of a slightly larger area covering Kastelli - Souda