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War Cemetery in Leros

Like so many other countries, Greece suffered greatly during the Second World War. The Greek islands was no exception. Crete suffered the most in what later became known as the Battle of Crete. Also Leros suffered badly.

 

The entrance to Leros War Cemetery.

The entrance to Leros War Cemetery.

 

 

The British bombed Leros because the island was occupied by Italy, who were allied with Germany. The British managed to capture Leros, which the Germans obviously did not like. In November 1943 the Germans attacked Leros with bombers, and at the same time they landed a large number of paratroopers.

 

Some of the tombs of Leros War Cemetery.

Leros War Cemetery.

 

The Germans won the Battle of Leros on November 18. They stayed on the island until May 8 when Germany surrendered. During what today is known as the Battle of Leros 939 soldiers died: 520 Germans, 187 Britons, 164 Italians and 68 Greeks and also 20 civilian Greeks.


In Crete there are two war cemeteries, one where the allied soldiers are buried, and one where German soldiers are buried. On Leros lies Leros War Cemetery, which is a well-run and thoughtful cemetery where 179 English, two Canadian and two South African soldiers are buried. All died during World War II. The cemetery is located just before Alinda on the left side.

 

Some of the 179 tombs in Leros War Cemetery in Alinda.

Some of the 179 tombs in Leros War Cemetery.

 

Don't miss the War Museum in Merikia on Southern Leros.


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