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Battle of Crete remembered at National War Memorial

A service to mark the National Commemoration for the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Crete will be held at the Hall of Memories, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park on Friday 20 May.

The see-saw Battle of Crete saw some of the bloodiest and most dramatic action of the Second World War.

Out of a New Zealand force of fewer than 8,000 soldiers, more than 1600 were killed or wounded in the 12-day battle and more than 2180 were taken prisoner.

Children representing the youth of Crete and New Zealand at the 2016 service.

The service will be attended by Cretan veterans and their families, NZ Defence Force staff, diplomats, representatives of the Hellenic Armed Forces and the New Zealand Cretan community. The New Zealand Government will be represented by Internal Affairs Minister, Peter Dunne.

Minister Peter Dunne and the official party at the 2016 Battle of Crete service.

The public are invited to attend the service, which begins at 11am.

Guests placing poppies on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at the 2016 service.

NZHistory, New Zealand’s online history resource has numerous articles, stories and facts on the Battle for Crete, plus compelling audio interviews with New Zealand soldiers who fought during the battle.




Media contact:

Allen Walley

Senior Communications Advisor

Manutū Taonga, Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Phone: 027 384 3009

email: allen.walley@mch.govt.nz

Updated on 11th October 2016