My Father was stationed in Kreta in 43 and no food was sent home. The Greeks themselves were
starving, in fact he often gave food to his future wifes family in Athens.
Annelie - Crete was a very extreme circumstance, as you know. Actually - the situation there is the exception that proves the rule about individual
German soldiers plundering...for from 1943 on to liberation in 1944 this is EXACTLY what happened.
Not only was no food sent home - but from early 1943...VERY little food was being sent TO to Crete, either through military logistics for the garrison, OR civilian channels for the population. by Mid 1943 the situation was VERY bad; and the German garrison...which had always plundered basically at will...organised a number of LARGE foraging parties in the shape of anti-partisan sweeps, like the large "offensive" through the relatively prosperous Valley of the Amari in the second half of 1943. Almost ALL anti-partisan activites since 1942 had involved clearing properties first of anything edible before destruction - and by 1943 had turned into livestock sweeps. The situation got SO bad for both the natives AND the Germans that by late 1943 the garrison withdrew into its enclave on the north coast, with just occasional forays by the Germans to gather supplies.
The suffering of both the natives - any by extrapolation the Germans, can be read in The Cretan Runner
by George Psycoundakis. George as you probably know was an amazing character, and apart from his autodidact education and his immense breadth of Classical learning and knowledge, the one thing that the reader can see in his account of the war years on Crete is his basic humanity - EVEN for the German occupiers. It's an account that is in no way coloured by any innate hatred for the occupying Germans - and its obvious that the garrison as the years progressed beagn to suffer privations every bit as bad as the locals...and basically cut off from resupply on an island - reacted in the only way they knew how and foraged from the hinterland.
What isn't however clear is what happened THEN to the scavenged supplies. Certainly AFTER the withdrawal into the enclave - and in the mass foraging sweeps just before that - I would assume ALL available food supplies came under VERY close management...but BEFORE that, with individual groups and units pillaging - and on the bigger raids there's no other way to describe it - I can't make any assumption from George's account of what happened on return to barracks i.e. was this "policy", or private enterprise; were foraged materials "pooled" and stored , or did individuals/groups units use what they obtained themselves
Sadly - the ONE thing we're missing from that theatre is a good comprehesive account of the occupation
of Crete from the GERMAN side. As you know - most are "anecdotal", dealing with major security incidents, or are too subjectively focused to the individual - or are FJ accounts dealing with the invasion only, like von der Heydte's. In the absence of such an account - we have nothing to "dovetail" with the various good accounts on the other side of the lines. From the Allied and local side, events on Crete - incuding the Hunger - are relatively well
recorded. We have Billy Moss' two accounts, including "Ill Met by Moonlight", George's own masterly account, two books IIRC by Xan Fielding and one by "Sandy" Rendell.