The Battle of Crete - A unique Adventure Experience from Heraklion
Starting point: Heraklion city.
HISTORICAL MUSEUM OF CRETE (W. W. 2 Exhibition)
The Battle of Crete (May 1941) – German occupation – Everyday life in occupied Crete - The Resistance – Allied Secret Services – Guerrilla Warfare – The Heraklion Airfield Sabotage (June 1942) – The execution of the 62 hostages - The Liberation
The Headquarters of German General Heinrich Kreipe
Briefing on Allied Secret Service activity (S.O.E. - Special Operations Executive, I.S.L.D. – Inter-Services Liaison Department, O.S.S. - Office of Strategic Services)
Built by Sir Arthur Evans, excavator of Knossos
John D.S. Pendlebury, ‘The Lawrence of Crete’, an archaeologist - spy in the service of British Intelligence
General Kreipe’s residence
The final act of the War: The German - Italian surrender, signed 9 May 1945
THE AMBUSH SITE
The Plan - The Place – The Memorial
(The site of the ambush carried out by two British S.O.E. officers -Patrick Leigh Fermor& William Stanley Moss- with the assistance of 10 hand-picked Cretans)
FOLLOWING THE ABDUCTORS’ CAR ROUTE
(Wireless transmitter stations – Secret Service and Guerilla hideouts)
On the eve of the Battle of Crete, piles of stones (still visible today) were placed there in order to prevent German aircraft landings.
In April 1944 the abductors escorting General Kreipe started climbing the mountain, heading to the south coast
The Ida Plateau was a very important area for the Resistance.. During the war, it was also a meeting-place for S.O.E. agents and Cretan guerilla leaders. The R.A.F. occasionally dropped supplies and equipment in the area.)
Small village involved in allied Secret Service Operations Wehrmacht reprisals
Return to Heraklion city.