The offering of bread from a village to an Australian soldier

Place Europe: Greece, Crete
Accession Number ART92803
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 101.4 x 75.8 cm; image: 94.4 x 69.5 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


Corporal Frank Atkins of 2/11th Battalion, had, like the other Australian soldiers, fought in North Africa and Greece and now found himself on Crete facing a new German offensive.

As Atkins marched to Retimo, where his battalion was to defend the nearby airfield, he saw a village in the distance and decided to search there for food. On his arrival, the villagers summoned the priest, who spoke English. Atkins told him they were hungry. Although the villagers had very little themselves, they insisted Atkins take some freshly baked loaves of bread. As the bread was too hot to handle, a villager produced a plank of wood and tied the loaves to either end.