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Map of Greece and Crete, 1941


In April 1941 New Zealand soldiers saw their first action of the Second World War in Greece. Stationed at first in the mountainous area in the north, they withdrew under heavy German attack to Mt Olympus and from there to Thermopylae Pass. Survivors of this baptism of fire were evacuated from Kalamata in the south, many of them to Crete.


Original map by Chris O’Brien

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Map of Greece and Crete, 1941, URL:, (Manatū Taonga — Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated