There’s always time for tea — even during the leadup to the Battle of Crete. Here you can see British artillerymen as they hand out tea and bread to Greek soldiers in Crete. The Battle of Crete would begin on May 20th, 1941, when Nazi Germany began an airborne invasion. Though Greek and other Allied forces, along with Cretan civilians, defended the island, it was one of the first uses of large-scale military paratroopers. Over the course of the battle, tens of thousands of Allies lost their lives. Eventually, the Allies had to evacuate over 16,000 troops from the island over a period of four nights between the 28th and 31st of May, 1941 — moving the troops to Egypt. This battle was one of the first times that German forces faced strong civilian resistance from the locals, which led to the massacre of large numbers of the local population.

Battle of Crete

Chania, Crete, Greece.

November 1940 

Credit: Anti-Worlds