The Battle of Retimo

Accession Number ART27776
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 152.3 x 244 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Maker Jones, Vernon
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1972
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

This painting depicts the Battle of Retimo in Crete. A large part of the Allied force evacuated from Greece at the end of April 1941 was disembarked on Crete in order that the ships could return quickly to Greece for more troops. British, New Zealanders, some Greeks and about half of 6th Division formed the ill-equipped Crete garrison, mostly deployed in defence of three airfields at Malame, Retimo and Heraklion. Others defended the Suda Bay-Canea area. At Retimo the defenders consisted mainly of the 2/1st and 2/11th Battalions. The Australians fought on until finally overcome by the Germans, with losses amounting to 781 killed or wounded and 3109 captured.