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All pals together…for a while

International forces in Canea. April 1897.

International forces in Canea. April 1897.

The British army¬† troops are from 1/Seaforth Highlanders, in Crete from March 1897 to November that year. It’s difficult to make out from the photograph but given the number of Naval officers in the background, it’s more than likely that there are British marines and sailors in the shot.

German, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman troops. Crete c.1897.

German, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman troops. Crete c.1897.

The postcard is stamped as being posted in 1904 in Canea. The Germans and Austro-Hungarians left Crete in early 1898 and the Ottomans were evicted in late 1898, so there’s a good chance the photographs date from 1897/1898. probably taken in the Canea/Suda Bay area.

 

Brave allies

German Marines in Suda Bay.

German Marines in Suda Bay.

Allied to the British and other European forces in the Intervention, German marines arrived in Crete 21 February 1897 on the protected cruiser S.M.S. Kaiserin Augusta.

S.M.S. Kaiserin Augusta

S.M.S. Kaiserin Augusta 1902.

German troops remained in Crete until November 1897 when Germany, drawing ever closer to the Ottoman Empire, withdrew form the Cretan Concert.