To commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Crete, the Australian Embassy in Greece proudly presents the photographic exhibition ‘Mates and Allies – A tribute to the bonds forged between Australians and Greeks during the Battle of Crete’ at Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”.
This photographic exhibition displays 59 iconic photographs from the Australian War Memorial and offers a look at the presence of Australian soldiers in Greece during the Greek Campaign, starting in March 1941 and culminating with the Battle of Crete (20 May – 1 June 1941).
Greece’s Deputy Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Yiannis Kefalogiannis and Australia’s Ambassador to Greece Arthur Spyrou inaugurated the exhibition, together with Ioanna Papadopoulou, Marketing and Communications Director of Athens airport.
“The exhibition pays tribute to the service and sacrifice of the Australian and other Allied soldiers on Crete and honours the courage and generosity of the Cretan people, who did not just fight bravely to defend their island, but also at great risk to themselves and their families, sheltered and helped the Allied soldiers to safety. We thank them and remember them,” the Australian Embassy in Athens posted.
‘Mates and Allies – A tribute to the bonds forged between Australians and Greeks during the Battle of Crete’ will be on display in the airport’s Intra-Schengen arrivals area until 31 October 2021.