How many German paratroopers died in Crete?

More than 1700 British, Commonwealth and Greek soldiers were killed and 15,000 captured during the Battle for Crete. There were 671 New Zealanders among the dead, and 2180 Kiwi prisoners of war. More than 6000 Germans were killed or wounded.

Is Kreta the same as Crete?

It is 255km long and is divided into four administrative regions, known as Nomos, Chania in the West, Rethymno and Heraklion in the Center of Crete and Lassithi in the East. The island took its name – according to mythology – either by the nymph Kriti or the son of Jeus and nymph Ida, named Kreta.

Why did the British lose Crete?

Winston Churchill, the British Prime Minister, sent a telegram to the Chief of the Imperial General Staff, General Sir John Dill: “To lose Crete because we had not sufficient bulk of forces there would be a crime.”

What is the best part of Crete to stay?

The best place to stay in Crete is Chania area or western Crete that actually has the best beaches of the island and some of the best hotels along with the beautiful Chania town with its elegant restaurants, the picturesque Old Town of Chania, and the incredible Samaria Gorge (which you should hike).

What language is spoken in Crete?

Cretan Greek

Cretan Greek
Native to Greece
Region Crete
Language family Indo-European Greek Attic–Ionic Demotic Greek Southern dialects Cretan Greek
Writing system Greek alphabet

When did Turkey take over Greece?

With no further threat by the Serbs and the subsequent Byzantine civil wars, the Ottomans besieged and took Constantinople in 1453 and then advanced southwards into Greece, capturing Athens in 1458….

Ottoman Greece
• Greco-Turkish War 1897
• Established 1422
• Battle of Yenidje 1912
Today part of Greece

Do they speak English in Crete?

First of all, English is widely used and understood all around Crete. All tourist establishments will have staff who speak English. Besides the most important information, like signs, museum descriptions, menus in the restaurants, are usually found both in Greek and English.

Can you flush toilet paper in Crete?

Don’t flush toilet paper in Greece They don’t call them ‘modern conveniences’ for nothing. Toilet paper wasn’t invented until the 1900s, and Greece is an ancient civilization. The ancient Greeks were modern for their time. A Minoan king of Crete invented the first flushing toilet more than 2,800 years ago.