Old Cretan woman in fear, her goat, the devil of old and Australian troops

Place Europe: Greece, Crete
Accession Number ART92806
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 36 x 48.7 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pen and black ink on card
Maker Winters, Michael
Place made Australia: Australian Capital Territory, Canberra
Date made 2003
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


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.