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November 2021 General Meeting

Date November 10, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location Zoom
Australia + Google Map
We are delighted to welcome back Patrick Ferry, State Manager Victoria, at the National Archives of Australia to tell us some stories from the Greece / Crete Campaign of World War 2. In early 1941, Britain committed nearly 60,000 soldiers to help defend Greece from an imminent German invasion. This included some 17,000 troops from the Australian Imperial Force (AIF). When the invasion came in April 1941, the Allies put up stiff resistance, but were soon forced into an arduous retreat. Over the next couple of months, an astounding 39% of the AIF in Greece and Crete were killed, wounded or taken prisoner of war. Despite this, the campaign remains relatively less well known. In this presentation, Patrick Ferry (State Manager, Victoria for the National Archives of Australia) will share the stories of some soldiers from Pakenham, Victoria who were caught up in this tragedy. Patrick will also talk about a major National Archives’ project to digitise WW2 Army and RAAF service records.
All members and friends of the family history group are welcome, contact Eileen at secretary@nwfhg.org.au  for login details.

Details

Date:
November 10, 2021
Time:
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Organizer

Eileen
Email:
secretary@nwfhg.org.au

Venue

Zoom
Australia + Google Map