Welcome to No Country For Old Boots !

My name is Mike Smythe and I have created this website to bring together the stories  of the many troops and  a small group of civilians who, At the end of the Battle of Crete in May 1941,With the Support of various rear guard actions, walked over 70 km across Crete to the southern beach at Sphakia with the hope of being evacuated to Egypt. Approximately 5000  were unable to be evacuated and were left behind.They had to endure the same journey this time being marched back over the mountains as prisoners of war to captivity,Not everyone made it back
In September 2018 I plan to bring this story, to you and many others, using soldiers personal accounts, original photos, maps and unit diaries as i trace the original route  documenting it as i go.

Expedition details 2018

The  path taken by thousands of Allied soldiers after the Battle of Crete in late May and early June 1941 will be retraced.

A journey for all that was made of Extreme Hardship,endurance and determination to say the least.

Commencing in September 2018 This journey will reveal as much of the original route taken as possible , unfolding personal accounts from both sides,  war diaries, official histories and original personal photographs taken by German troops during the arduous journey from one side of the island of Crete to the other and back.

Using modern technologies such as Google Earth, Drone footage and mapping software we will be able to locate present day locations in order to present a “then and now” photographic  experience.

More details of this expedition will be added over the coming months.



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 discover and share  information that was previously unknown and thought to be unavailable to the average person.

Having access to this new information has enabled me to realise a long awaited desire to retrace one particular part of the Battle and share it with others.

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
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