In July 2011 I visited, together with my friend from Rethymno, the War Museum. The Museum is located 5 kilometres southeast from the Rethymno city centre. We went there by car from Rethymno. It was very intresting to see the fine museum. It was a rather large museum with arms in the buildins but also collections outside.
The exhibition was big with weapons and different war things. The main part of the arms was from the Second World War. Inside of the museum buildings were uniforms, rifles and pistols. Outside there was many cannons, military trucks, tanks, one aircraft and one helikopter.
In the museum was also a printed story of the Battle of Crete 1941. The German invasion of Crete was a vey great military operation. The commander of the German forces was the famous general Kurt Student. He was one of the best generals in the German army. The commander of the allied forces was general Bernard Freyberg. In his army was military units from Greece, England, Australia and New Zealand. The Germans left Crete in year 1944 after many years of hard battles with the Cretan guerilla.
Before they went away from Crete 1944 there happen a kidnap operation. Some allied officers together with Cretan guerilla soldiers kidnaped the German commander Heindrich Kriepe. The operation was 25 kilometers outside Heraklion. The leaders of the operation was the two English officers major Patrik Leight Fermor and captain Bill Stanley Moss. General Kreipe was transported by foot over the Ida Mounting down to the south coast and over the sea to Alexandria in Egypt. Lather they transported him to a war prison camp in Canada. If you travel to Rethymno go to this museum it is a very intresting place.