world war ii: battle of crete

A group of soldiers standing around a member of the 28th New Zealand (Maori) Battalion, holding an Iron Cross souvenired during the Battle of Crete. The soldiers are at a garden party held for members of the 2nd NZEF after the evacuation of Greece and Crete, Egypt. Photograph taken circa June 1941 by an unidentified photographer.

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Potted History of Crete. by Tony
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In 1420 BC, the Minoan civilization was overrun by the Mycenean civilization from mainland Greece. After the Bronze Age collapse, Crete was settled by new waves of Greeks from the mainland. A number of city states developed in the Archaic period. Crete was involved in the Mithridatic Wars, initially repelling an attack by Roman general Marcus Antonius Creticus in 71 BC. In the 820s, after 900 years as a Roman, and then Eastern Roman (Byzantine) island, Crete was captured by Andalusian Muladis led by Abu Hafs, who established the Emirate of Crete. From 1212, during Venice’s rule, which lasted more than four centuries, a Renaissance swept through the island. During World War II, the island was the scene of the famous Battle of Crete in May 1941.

Where's Waldo in World War II?

Is he on Crete, fighting German paratroopers?
Is he in a Higgins boat, landing at Omaha Beach?
Is he in a Spitfire, fighting the Germans during the Battle of Britain?
Is he in a B-17 Flying Fortress?
Is he helping the Polish take Monte Cassino?
Is he fighting in the Battle of Stalingrad?
Is he in the Maori Battalion at Second Alamein?
Or perhaps he’s on a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier!
Where, oh where, could Waldo possibly be?