|Place||Europe: Greece, Crete|
|Measurement||Overall: 36 x 48.7 cm|
|Object type||Work on paper|
|Physical description||pen and black ink on card|
|Place made||Australia: Australian Capital Territory, Canberra|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright
Old Cretan woman in fear, her goat, the devil of old and Australian troops
Towards midday on Friday 22 May 1941, Captain Ralph Honner led C Company, 2/11th Battalion, through vineyards which were littered with the corpses of German paratroopers, into the tiny village of Cesmes.
In a house that had been damaged by air attacks, the soldiers found a blind elderly woman. Although unable to communicate with her, they clearly understood how terrified she was; the men gave her food and some milk from a goat that had also survived. They tethered the goat nearby, then moved on, hoping villagers might soon return to find the woman.