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Welcome to No Country For Old Boots !

My name is Mike Smythe and I have created this website to help Create awareness  of  stories from  the troops of nations such as Greece,New Zealand, Australia,Great Britain,Palestine and Cyprus along with a small amount of civilians who, At the end stages of the Battle of Crete in May 1941,  walked more than 60 km across Crete to the small southern fishing village of Sphakia with the hope of being evacuated to Egypt by ship.

Approximately 5000  were unable to be evacuated due to a combination of the increased actions of the German Luftwaffe on the Allied ships causing sinkings, great damage and were left behind under the control of the German Gebirgsjager or mountain troops that had doggedly pursued them across the island.

The men then faced a similar journey being marched back over the mountains as prisoners of war  prior to being shipped off to Germany via mainland Greece.

Not everyone made it back across the mountains alive succumbing to wounds sustained in battle ,hunger, thirst and sheer exhaustion.

In early September 2018 I plan to bring this story, to you and many others, sharing soldiers personal accounts, original photos, maps and unit diaries as i trace the original route as close as I can documenting it as i go.

By doing so I can help raise awareness of this part of history that is often left out.

 

 

Home

Welcome to No Country For Old Boots !

My name is Mike Smythe and I have created this website to help Create awareness  of  stories from  the troops of nations such as Greece,New Zealand, Australia,Great Britain,Palestine and Cyprus along with a small amount of civilians who, At the end stages of the Battle of Crete in May 1941,  walked more than 60 km across Crete to the small southern fishing village of Sphakia with the hope of being evacuated to Egypt by ship.

Approximately 5000  were unable to be evacuated due to a combination of the increased actions of the German Luftwaffe on the Allied ships causing sinkings, great damage and were left behind under the control of the German Gebirgsjager or mountain troops that had doggedly pursued them across the island.

The men then faced a similar journey being marched back over the mountains as prisoners of war  prior to being shipped off to Germany via mainland Greece.

Not everyone made it back across the mountains alive succumbing to wounds sustained in battle ,hunger, thirst and sheer exhaustion.

In early September 2018 I plan to bring this story, to you and many others, sharing soldiers personal accounts, original photos, maps and unit diaries as i trace the original route as close as I can documenting it as i go.

By doing so I can help raise awareness of this part of history that is often left out.

 

 

About

 

Born and raised in New Zealand and now living in Australia since 1998.

My interest in the Battle of Crete began at a young age and many people i know have or had a relative that was involved in the Battle in May 1941,the internet has enabled myself and many people to connect with each other and share new found facts and information that was previously unknown .

Having access to this new information has enabled me to retrace one particular part of the Battle and share it with others helping to raise awareness of this part of history.

After a long wait,In September 2018 I will make the walk from one side of Crete to the other following the footsteps of the many who walked that trail so many years before.

If you or someone you know would like to share a family members experience on Crete during the war please contact me through the contact portal on this site.

Thank you for viewing the site !

Regards

Mike

 

 

 

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