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April 1941: Operation Marita and the Greek “Maginot Line” that cost the Germans dearly

By Pierre Kosmidis On April 6th 1941, the Germans started their offensive against Greece. The German offensive against Greece, April 1941 Following the stalemate of their Italian allies in the Albanian front and the victories of the Greeks in the mountainous regions of northern Greece and Albania against the Italian army, since the unprovoked attack […]

Reliving the past: Operation Marita and the German invasion of Greece in April 1941, through the eyes or reenactors

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos submitted by Kampfgruppe “Süden” Hellenic Reenactment Group, Kampfgruppe ”Bulgarien”, Asociaţia Deutsches Freikorps and used by permission The German invasion of Greece, codenamed “Operation Marita”, was initiated in the early hours of Sunday, April 6, 1941. The German forces attacked “Metaxas Line”, a series of concrete fortifications, located mainly along the border with […]

WW2 The Lost Footage: Operation Marita, Greece April 1941

By Pierre Kosmidis The blitzkrieg against Greece, codenamed “Operation Marita” started on April 6, 1941. When Operation Marita began on 6 April, the bulk of the Greek army was on the border with Albania, then a protectorate of Fascist Italy, from which the Italian troops were trying unsuccessfully to conquer Greece. German troops invaded through Bulgaria, […]

Marburg: H βαθύτερη ταυτοποίηση ναυαγίου του Β’ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου στις ελληνικές θάλασσες

Κείμενο και φωτογραφίες: Γιώργος Καρέλας H παρατηρητικότητα του Νίκου Μαυρομμάτη οδήγησε πιθανώς στην ανακάλυψη ενός αμυντικού  όπλου που χρησιμοποίησαν οι Γεμανοί στον Β’ Παγκόσμιο Πόλεμο με σκοπό την εξάλειψη της απειλής των ναρκών. Στο καταδυτικό κέντρο  Aquatic World του Μάκη Σωτηρόπουλου στην Αγία Ευφημία της Κεφαλονιάς τον Ιούνιο η προβολή του video της βαθύτερης ταυτοποίησης […]

Help us identify this Luftwaffe WW2 aircraft part, shot down in April 1941 in Greece

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos submitted by Stavros El An item from a crashed Luftwaffe aircraft in the area of Metaxas Line, shot down in early April 1941, needs to be identified. Expert opinion is welcome! According to respected researcher Joop Hendrix, this part belongs to a Bf109. Respected aviation researcher Thanos Antonelos provided the following information: RAF […]

Found and identified: Two WW2 wrecks lost since April 1941

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos by Helen Tsopouropoulou, used by permission In the bustling port of Piraeus nowadays, thousands of tourists from all over the world are waiting every day to sail for a holiday to the Aegean islands and dozens of ships of all types are berthed at the docks. Credit Image:  John H Marsh Maritime, […]

Australians in mainland Greece and Crete: The untold stories of courage and sacrifice

By Pierre Kosmidis Click on the links in RED for additional reading and resources Australia may be 13,575 kilometers away from Greece, but the bond between the two nations is strong and welded in blood and sacrifices. Greeks and Australians have been allies in all conflicts of the last 116 years. Soldiers from Australia and New Zealand […]

April 15, 1941: The last dogfight of the Hellenic Royal Air Force vs the Luftwaffe

By Pierre Kosmidis Original painting: George Moris The nazi invasion of Greece, initiated on April 6, 1941, dubbed “Operation Marita”, swiftly turned into a rapid advance for the Germans, despite the fierce battles that were fought across the northern borders of Greece with Bulgaria, in the “Metaxas Line”. One largely forgotten episode of this struggle […]

Το Π8, ο λοχίας Ίτσιος, ο μύθος και η πραγματικότητα

By Pierre Kosmidis Πληροφορίες από το υπό έκδοση βιβλίο του κ. Ηλία Κοτρίδη, με τίτλο “Μπέλες, το όρος της Θυσίας”. Η Μάχη των Οχυρών, τον Απρίλιο του 1941, η οποία σημάδεψε τις πρώτες ημέρες της γερμανικής εισβολής από τα βόρεια σύνορα της Ελλάδας, στο πλαίσιο της “Επιχείρησης Μαρίτα”, όπως ονομάστηκε από τους Γερμανούς, αποτελεί μια λαμπρή σελίδα αντίστασης […]