I also was wondering what happened to the soldiers who were not caught, if any? Where did they go, and what happened to them?

Also, I am speaking of the invasion of March 1941.


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According to The Last Lion - Defender of the Realm 1940-1965 by Manchester & Read (page 334), 40,000 British and ANZAC troops were evacuated from Greece in April 1941. That would leave about 15,000 total casualties - Killed, unevacuated wounded, and POW.

Still from that source (page 356), Casualties in Crete a month later were 1,700 killed, 2,000 wounded, and 12,000 POW.

Churchill himself in The Grand Alliance (page 232) lists attendance and evacuees in Greece as follows (from which my calculations give total evacuees and casualties on the last two lines):

- Landed in Greece                   53,051
- Evacuated to Crete:                18,850
- Evacuated to Egypt directly:       15,361
- Evacuated to Crete and then Egypt:  7,000
- Evacuated - subtotal               41,221  (Calculated from above)
- Total casualties                   11,800  (Calculated from above)

Further in The Grand Alliance (page 209-210) Churchill reports evacuees from Crete as follows:

 1. evening May 28 - May 29:   5,000
 2. evening May 29 - May 30:   6,000
 3. evening May 30 - June 1:   4,000  
 Total                        15,000

with only about 6,000 left behind.

Churchill states that initially it was believed that only about 3,000 were left behind in Crete, but that this figure was later revised upwards to almost 6,000. The figures above may be from the initial estimates.

  • There may also have been forces in Crete that never landed in Greece, and would not have been on the first listings.
    – Oldcat
    Oct 10, 2014 at 22:25
  • @Oldcat: My readings suggested that al combat troops in Crete had come from Greece. I am less sure about support troops. Oct 11, 2014 at 1:41

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