Then and Now: 1941-2018 – Traces of the Italians and the German SS in Greece, by Christos Tsiolas

Interviews, Then and Now, WW2, WW2 in Greece

By Pierre Kosmidis

Photos submitted by Christos Tsiolas and used by permission

Trikala is located in central Greece and was under Italian occupation from 1941 to 1943.

trikala map

As the memories of WW2 are fading away, few landmarks survive, which remind us of the events of the largest ever conflict humankind has ever experienced, in the area.

Author and researcher Christos Tsiolas identified some of those landmarks, as they are today, based on WW2 photos and information gathered from various sources.

Trikala in central Greece
“This building was used as Italian military barracks from 1941 to 1943. We can see paintings of “Il Duce”, Benito Mussolini, as well as the motto “Vinceremo”, which means “We shall win”, Mr. Christos Tsiolas explains to
“Soldiers of the 4th SS are taking cover, while being fired at by Greek guerrillas in Pyli, Trikala area, in 1943. The same spot today” says Mr. Christos Tsiolas.
“A German armoured car during anti-guerrilla operations in the mountainous region of Trikala and the same spot as it is today”, Mr. Christos Tsiolas says.
“A column of the 4th SS close to Agios Vissarionas bridge in Pyli, Trikala area, in 1943. The same spot today. The rock formations are still there” Mr. Christos Tsiolas says