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Souda Bay War Cemetery

Souda Bay | Simmachon, Souda, Crete, Greece
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The price of Freedom

The Battle of Crete is now but a small footnote to WW2, but the bravery of the British and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
harehound
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Thessaloniki Region, Greece
A moving visit to a War Cemetary set in a beautiful location

Crete suffered fierce fighting in WWII as the 1500 graves in this location attest. Young men from... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Malcolm H
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Souda Bay | Simmachon, Souda, Crete, Greece
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The Battle of Crete is now but a small footnote to WW2, but the bravery of the British and Commonwealth soldiers, sailors and aircrew is brought home here. That said their sacrifice was squandered by our 'Great Wartime Leader' as Churchill ordered a withdrawal to...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Crete suffered fierce fighting in WWII as the 1500 graves in this location attest. Young men from many nations and across all the services gave the ultimate sacrifice to attempt to defend Crete from an overwhelming German invasion. It is fitting that the graves and...More

Thank Malcolm H
Reviewed 5 days ago

Val and I are permanent residents here on Crete. If you are British/Commonwealth/US....put this venue on your itinerary. Beforehand, read Antony Beevor`s `Crete - the battle and the resistance`. An authorative history, but also good reading. `The Cretan runner`, George (Yiorgos) Psychoundakis takes up after...More

1  Thank Marco P
Reviewed 1 week ago

beautiful war cemetery with a very green lawn which is in contrast to the surrounding dry brown colours. In the chapel you can find a book with a short bio (relatives) of all the buried soldiers.

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Reviewed April 10, 2017

Such a beautifully kept place...very moving and thought provoking and will remind any who visit of the tragedy of war.

Thank Jane S
Reviewed March 30, 2017

Visited last june and going back again this week, very well maintained and in a stunning location. Very sobering to walk around reading the headstones, well worth a visit and sign the visitors book.

Thank Nina B
Reviewed March 12, 2017

A Battle of no consequence to the German war aims... all it did was to destroy the cream of the FALLSCHIRMJAGER... Never again did Hitler commit his crack troops to an airborne assault,,, this to the Wehrmacht was a pyrhhic victory if ever there was...More

2  Thank Ernest C
Reviewed December 17, 2016

We visited during short cruise ship stop. We visited via taxi ($20 for the 4 of us)that waited for us during our short 15 minute visit and than dropped up in the center of town. Shuttle buses do not stop close and it's to far...More

1  Thank Albert B
Reviewed December 13, 2016 via mobile

Worth taking a 30mins detour. Read about the history of all who are buried here. You start to realise how thankful we are for the ones who sacrified their lives for our freedom. It is well kept not entry fees. Nice scenic view of the...More

Thank i43Shiva
Reviewed December 1, 2016

Normally I wouldn't review a cemetery but if your are a New Zealander, Australian or English person who had family who fought in WWII Souda Bay is a must visit. The site is well maintained and also incredibly peaceful. It is a site for much...More

1  Thank RachaelMildenhall
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Albert B
Visiting via cruise ship in November. How much would taxi be from ship? And taxi from cemetery to town?
September 29, 2016|
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Response from Adenann | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, haven't a clue about taxi cost. We stopped there as part of a trip to Chania by coach.
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simmoqqqq2
Can anyone advise the best bus stop to get off from when travelling from Chania to visit the war cemetery. Other blogs advise not to go all the way into Souda Bay.
September 17, 2015|
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Response from Vivwalker | Reviewed this property |
This is not a simple bus journey from Chania. I think you will need to change buses. The bus stop you want is on the road from Souda village to Chania airport. (I think the Chania airport bus takes a more direct route and... More
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lakelander2015
I very interested in a review by Hodgson128 and would very much appreciate it if they could contact me. My brother George C Hodgson is buried at Souda Bay From: Thomas Sent: Thursday, August 13, 2015 10:53 PM To: Frank Subject: CWGC - Release of Documents. Frank You may recall that the CWGC undertook to make available all documents in their possession in time for the VJ commemorations on 14 August. I visited the CWGC site and found such documents as they have are indeed attached to those individuals whose graves are cared for by the Commission. The documentation appears to relate entirely to the processes of reburial of soldiers from their initial temporary burial place with a wooden cross, to the cemeteries created by the Commission with formal headstones, in a process referred to as Concentration. As such, there is very little, if any, personal information. However, in examining the records attaching to your brother George, I did learn that he was a member of RASC Detail Issues Depot 24 -and I cannot recall whether I had seen this detail previously. I checked it up in the National Archives, to see if a war diary of the unit was available, and although I found the archive reference for this Depot, the documents are not yet digitised. You can however request a paper set for which a quotation will be provided. On the other hand perhaps your Niece might be interested in going to Kew and looking first hand? I have attached the National Archives Reference for RASC, Detail Issues Depot 24. There are very many of these DID units and I am guessing that each was formed for a specific range of assignments relative to the progress and requirements of which ever war zone was being served. DID24 was formed in November 1940 and lasted until 1943. Would you wish me to forward the (7) documents relating to George's reburial at Suda Bay? Doug with the as part to the Your message is ready to be sent with the following file or link attachments: ROYAL ARMY SERVICE CORPS D.I.D.24 Note: To protect against computer viruses, email programs may prevent you from sending or receiving certain types of file attachments. Check your email security settings to determine how attachments are handled. erhaps
August 23, 2015|
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Response from Hodgson128 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Peter H here, not sure if I can help, but ask away.
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