During the fighting at Maleme aerodrome and surrounding districts, Greek and Crete women took up their arms and fought along side us. Street fighting was taking place in the town of Canea. Blasted out of their homes and separated from their families, these gallant women fought with a ferocity I have never seen in men. A machine gun post on top of a house was attacked-, by 12 Huns, and the gunner and his mate were killed. In the house below. Anna was caring for 40 wounded Australian and New Zealand troops. Missing the sound of the gun, she climbed to the roof, and summing up the situation, went into action with the Bren gun. Although mortally wounded, she killed nine and wounded the other three Germans. To this girl’s heroism 40 Allied soldiers owe their lives. I was an eye-witness of in whole action.— John McWllllam. M.M., Sergeant.
HEROIC GREEK GIRL
- Date: February 9, 1942
Article published in The Inverell Times on Mon 9 Feb 1942, Page 4. This is the story of a 15-year-old Greek girl. Anna Calatychos of Voulas, near Athens. She came from Greece to Crete In Aussie uniform.