27 January 1944: A unique photo of four downed Luftwaffe aircraft in Mykonos, Greece

By Pierre Kosmidis Photo by Manolis Bardanis Research by Manolis Bardanis and George Karelas The serene beaches of Rinia, close to Mykonos island, have a tragic past, which was unveiled thanks to the combined efforts of Greek researchers Kostas Koukovinis and Thanos Antonelos  Now, thanks to respected researcher Manolis Bardanis, who searched the archives of […]

ΒΟΤΡΥΣ: Το ελληνικό πλοίο που βυθίστηκε στην Αλβανία το 1940. Ο Γιώργος Καρέλας ξετυλίγει το μίτο του μυστηρίου.

By Pierre Kosmidis Ιστορική έρευνα και φωτογραφίες: Γιώργος Καρέλας Άλλη μια σημαντική επιτυχία του διακεκριμένου ερευνητή και έμπειρου αυτοδύτη Γιώργου Καρέλα, έρχεται να φωτίσει την άγνωστη ιστορία ενός ναυαγίου ελληνικού πλοίου, στις 29 Δεκεμβρίου του 1940, το οποίο βυθίστηκε στο λιμάνι των Αγίων Σαράντα, από την ιταλική αεροπορία. Η εξιστόρηση της έρευνας, της αναζήτησης, της […]

Case study in Guerrilla war: Greece during WW2

A very interesting book by the Special Warfare Research Division, Special Operations Research Office, American University, 1961 Click the links below: Case study in Guerrilla war: Greece during WW2   List of all the destruction inflicted to Greece by the triple occupation by the Germans, Italians and Bulgarians

Battlefield Archaeology: The massive 340 mm naval guns protecting Keroman U-Boat base at Lorient

By Pierre Kosmidis Research by Evan Panagopoulos, used by permission All colour photos are © explorabilia, used by permission Evan Panagopoulos is an avid fan of brutalist and mid-century architecture, a knowledgeable WW2 and Victorian-era enthusiast, and likes engaging with abandoned spaces and obscure history. Evan has a knack for rediscovering forgotten and unseen spaces hiding […]

Kos and Leros 1943, The German conquest of the Dodecanese, by Anthony Rogers

By Pierre Kosmidis Anthony Rogers is an acclaimed author and researcher, known for his books detailing events in the Mediterranean during World War 2. His new book, by Osprey Publishing, is expected to be available from  August 22nd 2019 and is titled Kos and Leros 1943, The German conquest of the Dodecanese.  The book is an illustrated account […]

Battlefield Archaeology: The forgotten bunkers of 1943

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos & Research by Andreas Galanos Archive photos by Tony Rogers, submitted via Andreas Galanos The Eastern Aegean was the setting for a series of German air-sea landings, something not normally associated with the Wehrmacht. Leros Island, 1943: German infantry carried out beach assaults and, unusually, Fallschirmjäger were deployed in their intended role […]

Then and now: Arpalouki bunker complex, April 1941 – April 2019

By Pierre Kosmidis Lt. Colonel (ret.) Ilias Kotridis has positively identified a photo of a Greek bunker, which was shot by an unnamed German soldier back in April 1941. Arpalouki Bunker Complex, located at 41°20’54″N  23°15’35″E By comparing the black and white photo with a colour photo Lt. Colonel (ret.) Ilias Kotridis shot recently, it is […]