|Date of most recent
||Added the obituary
for George Psychoundakis.
||Added a couple of pages for Frank
Mason of XI Squadron who flew in Blenheims in Greece before
evacuating to Crete.
||I have added a long extract
from Hansard which reports Churchill's speech
regarding the decision to defend Crete in spite of the lack of air
||Having started a 3 year full
time degree course, I have been a little absent. I have now added
a number of extracts from Hansard and from Cabinet minutes.
||Over the last couple of
months there have been a number of additions following further reading
of Davin's Official History.
||Further updating of the
pages of the battle, this update was for the battle of Galatas on the
||I have got behind with
updating this page. There are now a number of Amazon links and
also a new page from a relative or a resistance
||Reconnaissance photo of
Maleme plus extracts from a PRO file
||Added extracts from the
diary of one of the German glider pilots.
||In memory of Fred
Allcock who died in the sinking of the Juno.
||Considerable change to pages
associated with Galatas. More change to come.
||Updating and additions on
22nd May events.
||Added obituary to Major
Stanley Beckinsale. Used extracts from Daily Telegraph.
|25th June, 2004
||Further changes based on
Davin's book. Updated Group Centre for 20 May and added a little
on Tony Trumble who commanded RAF Heraklion when the invasion started.
|23 May, 2004
||A page added to cover the
attack on Eben Emael
|21st March, 2004
||Some additions to the page
on the kidnap of General Kreipe.
|25th January, 2004
||Major changes to the pages
related to the 20 May around Maleme.
|21st December, 2003
||A number of improved maps
have been added around the site.
|6th December, 2003
||Made a number of changes to
the positioning of various pages, and added updates to the build-up to
the battle. Over the next few months there will be a number of
updates to the battle from Davin.
|28th September, 2003
||Added pages for the trip to
Arnhem and moved the D-Day trip pages under the same heading
|8th June, 2003
||Added pages to cover the
tour of the D-Day Beaches.
|6th June, 2003
||After receiving some extra
info from Hal Corbould about his father, I have made a separate page for
|25th May, 2003
||Included mentions of Sgt
Corbould who worked with the resistance on the island, Eleftheria
who was a young lady on the island also working against the Germans, and
Petty Officer Frederick Allcock who died on the Juno
|27th April, 2003
||Finished the page on the air
war in Greece.
|20th April, 2003
||Added an obituary to
Commander Swanton, one of the Swordfish pilots
who attacked the Bismarck.
|29th March, 2003
||I have been a little remiss
at keeping this section up to date. There have been a number of
additions relating to the airwar in Greece, and recent additions to the
pages on the paratroops giving description of actual drops.
|13th December, 2002
||A brave man, Bill Sparks,
last of the Cockleshell Heroes, has died. While not involved in
Crete, his brother died in the sinking of the Naiad in March '42.
The Naiad had been involved in the naval actions off Crete.
|30th November, 2002
||An explanation for the burial
of a German soldier in the Allied cemetery, instead Maleme.
|10th November, 2002
||I have started adding
comments and extracts from the Official New Zealand
History of the Battle.
|13th October, 2002
||There have been 2
updates. One to add a page on Dudley Perkins,
known as Vasili to the Cretan resistance, and one on Lt.
Roy Farran who led a troop of Light Tanks at Maleme and Galatas.
|25th August, 2002
||Added additional photos of Egon
Radeck, with his potted biography. Also an extract from an
obituary of Ralph Bennett who worked in Hut 3 at
|9th August, 2002
||A photo and a few words on Egon
Konrad Radeck, who jumped with the paratroops over Crete. Also
a short obituary on Lt-Cdr Carey of HMS
Naiad, and Lt-Cdr Pattisson whose torpedo
crippled the Bismarck.
|15 July, 2002
||More on Stringbags, as well
as an obituary on Major Macalister Hall of the Argyll & Sutherland
|29 June, 2002
||Added extracts from Charles
Lamb's book, "War in a Stringbag" to show what the Swordfish
was like to fly and fight.
|9 June, 2002
||I have started a page
relating to the tanks used on Crete.
|18 May, 2002
||Completed my page on Ultra.
|1 April, 2002
||More extracts added from
|17 March, 2002
||Extracts from 'Crete Eyewitnessed' have been used throughout the site, as well as a new page
describing one soldier's recollection of fighting
the paratroops as they landed. I have also added some photos
on a new page, 'Crete Today'. Also,
an one soldiers view of the New Zealand attack on Maleme, early on the
morning of 22nd May.
|23 February, 2002
||Brief comments on LAC Thomas
Burrows and the Moumoutjis family from Galatas. I was contacted by
family members with some brief family histories.
Also added a site-overview
|10 February, 2002
||A page on the kidnap of
General Kreipe, made famous in the book and film, 'Ill
met by moonlight'.
|19 January, 2002
||Added more content section
on to the retreat to Sfakion for evacuation by
|13 January, 2002
||The Netmind facility, allowing people to register for an
auto-email when changes are made to the site, is to be withdrawn by the
company who run this service. I will look for alternatives.
|9 December 2001
||I have been sent some additional photos of Fred Crosby and
his grave in Suda Bay, these are included.
|25 November 2001
||A reference to CQMS Crosby, 2nd York & Lancs who died,
28 May, 1941. Also added extracts from various newspaper
|3 November 2001
||Extracts from "The Thin Red Line" detailing the
actions of the Argyll & Sutherland
|18 August 2001
||I found a Daily Telegraph article on their website that
describes a 1998 meeting between George
Psychoundakis and Patrick Leigh Fermor. Also an article that
links a survivor from the Destroyer Juno, and an
air-crash on Iceland.
|5 August 2001
||Added extracts from the ORBs for 33
and 211 Squadrons.
|14 July 2001
||Lew Lid's story of his experience of the battle, as a
prisoner, then escape back to Egypt. Also the role of HMAS Stuart
following an obituary in the Daily Telegraph for one of her officers.
|1 July 2001
||I have added a number of photos from the Arthur Turnbull
|23 June 2001
||The sinking of the cruiser, HMS
|10 June 2001
||Captain John Manussis escapes
|27 May 2001
||The sinking of the destroyer HMS Juno.
|28 April 2001
||The 2nd Battalion of the York
and Lancaster Regiment on Crete. My grandfather was in this
battalion in France in WW1
|14 April 2001
||The story of Squadron Leader Howell,
Dennis Ciclitira and "Monty"
|8 April 2001
||Finished the section on the Cretan
|18 March 2001
||First major upload of the site.