A Cretan couple witnesses the invasion

Place Europe: Greece, Crete
Accession Number ART92805
Collection type Art
Measurement image: 48.9 x 36 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pen and black ink on card
Maker Winters, Michael
Place made New Zealand
Date made 2003
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


A scared elderly Cretan couple stands in their home as the German paratroopers float to the earth. The civilians of Crete, along with the British and allied soldiers, were amazed by the sight of thousands of men dropping out of the sky. Many of them had never seen a paratrooper and some of the soldiers were in such awe that they put down their weapons to take out a camera.

'I was spellbound by the futuristic nature and the magnificence of the scene before me. It wasn’t long before they were coming in along about five miles of coastline and as far as the eye could see they were still coming.' Norman Johnstone, 2/4th Battalion