Our travels in Greece have been a doorway into history for us. Not just to the ancient civilizations but also into much more recent history. So, on this Memorial Day we remember the many lives, both military and civilian, sacrificed here during World War II.
New Zealand, Australian and Greek troops made their way to Chora Sfakia while other Allied troops ambushed the advancing German troops. The road they walked ended three kilometers and 500 meters (about 1,600 feet) above the harbor town, leaving them to make their way down the steep hillsides. British and Australian warships evacuated 11,000 - 18,000* men before the Germans overtook the Australian rear gear, capturing 5,000 - 12,000*.
*Vary by source.