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Airborne invasion of Crete (1st of 2)

Airborne invasion of Crete

Official war artist Peter McIntyre's painting 'Parachutists landing on Galatas' captures the dramatic scenes on 20 May 1941 when Germans began an airborne invasion of the island of Crete. It was less than a month after the Allies' evacuation from Greece.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: AAAC 898 NCWA 16
Oil painting by Peter McIntyre

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Ian McGibbon, 'Second World War - Greece and Crete, 1941', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2021)

Story by Ian McGibbon, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 10 May 2016