Photo: Greek guerilla fighters in Crete

Crete was one of the first battlefields where invading German troops encountered stiff resistance from the local population.  The rugged terrain of the island made for a self-reliant people, more likely to take their defence into their own hands.  German reprisals against the civilian resistance were ruthless.


Photographer unknown, c 1941


Accession number: H2000.200/1764A


From the State Library of Victoria's Pictures collection. Gift of The Age (Melbourne, Vic.), 1976


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Battle of Crete