The war graves of Crete, Galatos

The Graves of Galatos
The Graves of Galatos

Further back along the coast  from Maleme, a short way inland on another hill, is a small church surrounded by graves. Just below it, a row of stone monuments throw dark shadows in the dust and a line of puny trees struggles in the wind.

This is Galatos, where a battle weary band of  Cretans and New Zealanders, with one tank and little ammunition, roaring haka (war chants) from every region of Aotearoa, took the village of Galatos from the Germans. They cleared the way for the Allied retreat across the White Mountains and, for the lucky and the strong,  the evacuation from  Sphakia

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