Fri, 23 Apr|
Tobruk (Army & Navy) Dinner
Commemorating 80th Anniversary of the Greece/Crete Campaign and a Century of the Australian /Greek Connection. Guest Speaker Peter Monteath.
Time & Location
23 Apr 2021, 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm ACST
Adelaide, 111 Hutt St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia
About the event
Australian/Greek relations had been forged in the First World War at Salonika and of course the island of Lemnos, the
'firm base' for operations Gallipoli.
80 years ago, in April and May of 1941, Australian Soldiers of the 6th Division and fleet elements of the Royal Australian Navy played key roles inthe ultimately unsuccesful defence of Greece and Crete as part of a broader Allied coalition. Successful naval operations Capes Matapan and Sparda bookended the land battles in Greece and Crete. While most of the force was successfully withdrawn from Crete and Egypt by the Navy, Australian troops who defended Retimo with great distinction, held out to the last, but ultimately became Prisoners of War.
Post war, Greek immigrants arrived in Australia in large numbers to make a new homeafter the devestation that the war had inflicted on their homeland. They have gone on to become an important and valued part of the fabric of Australia's rich multi-cultural society. Join us in this celebration of bonds forged in war and enriched in a life made possible by the endeavours and sacrifice of our forebears.
Time: 1900 for 1930
Dress: Black Tie with Minatures/Mess Dress
Includes two canapes, Greek-themed three course meal, Club wines and ouzo to toast
RSVP: By Tuesday, 20 April 2021