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2015 50c Australia At War Crete Unc Coin

The popular Australia at War series continues with this uncirculated coin, paying tribute to Australian Second World War soldiers who fought against the German invasion of Greece.

In 1941, Germany had great fears of Greece becoming a British ally, which would jeopardise Germany’s access to the Romanian oilfields.

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Code: 818

While German forces were initially engaged in other battles, they sought to capture the island’s three main airfields, launching an assault on Crete on 20 May.

The island was attacked from above by over 9500 German paratroopers. British, Australian, and New Zealand troops stood in unity alongside the Cretans. While the Allies lacked the weaponry and airspace (the presence in the skies) compared to their attackers, they were ultimately outnumbered. Despite their tireless efforts, the defenders were eventually overwhelmed.

Despite their unified and desperate attempts to hold Crete, this costly action caused the troops to suffer heavily. There were over 7000 casualties and more than 11,000 soldiers taken as prisoners of war, including 5600 Australians.

Product Code: 310366

Metal Content (g) 15.55

Monetary Denomination (AUD) 0.50

Maximum Diameters (mm) 31.51

Maximum Mintage: 50,000

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