|Men of the Australian 2/1st Field Regiment arrive in Kalamata, 26th April 1941. AWM|
On this day, the Allen Group - comprising Australian, British, Palestinian, Cypriot and Yugoslav troops arrived at Kalamata. The convoy comprised some 600 vehicles, conveying approximately 6,000 troops in all. Photographs from the time show Australian gunners of the 2/1st Field Regiment walking through the town of Kalamata heading for the waterfront (above).
Meanwhile a number of Australian units had already been successfully transported from the Greek mainland to Crete - the 19th Brigade Headquarters, as well as both the Australian 2/1st and 2/11th Battalions.
Australian Unit Locations - 26th April
16th Brigade HQ - Kalamata
17th Brigade HQ - Kalamata
19th Brigade HQ - Suda Bay
2/1st Battalion - Suda Bay
2/2nd Battalion - Kalamata
2/3rd Battalion -Kalamata
2/4th Battalion - Megara
2/5th Battalion - Kalamata
2/6th Battalion - Kalamata
2/7th Battalion - Kalamata
2/8th Battalion - Kalamata
2/11th Battalion - Suda Bay
2/1st Machine Gun Battalion - Kalamata
Thanks to Paul Sougleris of Greek Anzacs for his information on unit locations drawn from the official unit dairies.
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee
& Member, Battle of Crete and the Greek Campaign Commemorative Council