By Pierre Kosmidis
Photos by Panagiotis Mprokos
Rodos island, Greece, was under Italian occupation from 1912 to 1943, when Italy capitulated. Following the failed Allied attempt to gain control of the island (click to read more) the Germans managed to keep the Dodecanese islands, including Rodos, up until the end of WW2 in Europe, in May 1945.
WW2 Researcher Panagiotis Mprokos visited recently the forgotten Italian barracks, close to Kalavarda village in Rodos, which feature some unique frescoes and paintings that still survive to this day.
Rodos island, on the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa
Panagiotis Mprokos shared those images with www.ww2wrecks.com as a testimony that war is not just weapons and death, but an opportunity for artistic expression too.
These barracks were home to Regia Marina (Italian Royal Navy) men, as we can see from the writings on the walls.
Apart from the typical military frescoes, some Italians surely missed their wives or girlfriends back home and wanted to have some… inspiring paintings around them.
In that sense, a pretty lady looking at herself on the mirror, or lying on her bed, is surely a painting that helped the Italians have some positive thinking while serving away from Italy.