23 May 2009

1941 Battle of Crete remembered by veterans

1:02 pm on 23 May 2009

Veterans from Australia, Britain and New Zealand who fought in the Battle of Crete have gathered there to commemorate its 68th anniversary.

The ABC reports the struggle for Crete during World War II was a fierce battle when the Germans made an airborne invasion in May 1941.

Allied forces suffered almost 16,000 casualties. New Zealand troops paid a heavy price: 671 were killed and more than 2000 were taken as prisoners of war.

It was a major defeat for the Allied forces.

The anniversary was also marked on Wednesday in Wellington, at a wreath laying ceremony.