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Thursday, 28 April 2016

29 April 1941 - Evacuations continue - from Kalamata, Monemvasia and Kythera

Air Attack on the road to Monemvasia. AWM
On this day 75 years ago and as the battle of Kalamata drew to a close and the Allied defenders again secured the waterfront, the evacuations continued. Some 332 troops were evacuated (miscellaneous including other troops) by HMAS Perth, HMS phoebe, Decoy, Defender, Hereward, Hero, Hasty, Kandahar, Kingston, Kimberley and Nubian.
Meanwhile at Monemvasia 4,320 (6th NZ Brigade Group and others) were evacuated by HMS Ajax, Griffin, Isis, Havock and Hotspur. And at Kythera 820 troops were evacuated by HMS Auckland, Hyacinth and Salvia.

Australian Unit Locations - 29th April
16th Brigade HQ - Alexandria
17th Brigade HQ - Mani
19th Brigade HQ - Suda Bay
2/1st Battalion - Kalibees
2/2nd Battalion - Alexandria
2/3rd Battalion -Alexandria
2/4th Battalion - Suda Bay
2/5th Battalion - Alexandria
2/6th Battalion - Mani
2/7th Battalion - Celebes
2/8th Battalion - Suda Bay
2/11th Battalion - Suda Bay
2/1st Machine Gun Battalion - Georgopoulis
Thanks to Paul Sougleris of Greek Anzacs for his information on unit locations drawn from the official unit dairies.

Jim Claven
Secretary
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee
& Member, Battle of Crete and the Greek Campaign Commemorative Council

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