Then and Now: 1941-2018 a Luftwaffe Dornier Do 215 over Olympus

Then and Now, WW2 in Greece

By Pierre Kosmidis

Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece with its highest peak at 2,918 metres, was considered to be the home of the ancient Greek gods.

On April 6 1941, the German offensive against Greece, codenamed Operation Marita” resulted in the capitulation of the Greek Army on April 20, 1941.

The Greek Army, which had fought valiantly against Italy since the invasion of  the Italian Army, which was initiated on October 28 1940, offered stiff resistance against the Germans in the northern borders with Bulgaria, in a series of battles which remained in history as the “Battle of Metaxas Line”, but was overrun mainly via the northwestern borders with Yugoslavia.

Shortly afterwards, the Germans continued their advance towards Athens and the Battle for Greece was concluded with the invasion of the island of Crete, codenamed “Operation Mercury”, a large-scale airborne attack, which resulted in a Pyrrhic victory for the Germans.

In a period propaganda photo, we see a Dornier Do 215 aircraft flying over the coast of central Greece, with mount Olympus in the background.

By overlapping the 1941 photo to an image taken by google earth maps in 3D, we are able to identify the exact spot, as it is today.