The Battle for Crete, May 1941 – A Personal Perspective

Speaker: Simon Forrester Following their evacuation from Greece and arrival in Crete early in May, 1941, Patrick Leigh Fermor and Michael Forrester, the speaker’s father, had been staying with Prince Peter in his villa near Chania. Events then began to move quickly, with the German invasion of Crete beginning on 20 May, and this talk looks in detail at some of those events. Friends Room, Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, […]


Paddy Leigh Fermor and friends: Explorations in his archive

An illustrated lecture in English by Sir Michael Llewellyn Smith (former UK Ambassador to  Greece 1996-99).  – Free entry. Sir Patrick Michael Leigh Fermor, DSO, OBE (11 February 1915 – 10 June 2011), also known as Paddy Fermor, was a British author, scholar and soldier who played a prominent role behind the lines in the Cretan resistance during the Second World War. He was widely regarded as Britain’s greatest living […]