The sinking of Bartolomeo Colleoni in Crete, 19 July 1940

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos: IWM The Italian cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni was sunk during the naval battle off Cape Spatha in north west Crete, on 19 July 1940. Out of her crew, 555 were eventually rescued by Allied warships, while 121 perished with the ship.   The battle started when Allied ships in the Aegean saw two Italian […]

Greece must be saved! An appeal coming from India during WW2

By Pierre Kosmidis The courageous struggle of Greece against the Italians and the Germans in 1940-41 was admired from the USA to India, as it set an example of resistance against fascism and nazism in the early years of WW2, when the eventual Allied victory seemed all but certain. In that context and following the […]

Οι Έλληνες ρουφιάνοι των ναζί – Στράτος Δορδανάς: “Το τραύμα της συνεργασίας Ελλήνων με τους κατακτητές δεν έχει επουλωθεί”

By Pierre Kosmidis   Ο Στράτος Δορδανάς, επίκουρος καθηγητής στο Τμήμα Βαλκανικών, Σλαβικών & Ανατολικών Σπουδών του Πανεπιστημίου της Μακεδονίας, μιλάει για το ζήτημα του δοσιλογισμού κατά την περίοδο της κατοχής και σημειώνει ότι  “το τραύμα της συνεργασίας Ελλήνων με τους κατακτητές δεν έχει επουλωθεί”. Παράλληλα, ο ιστορικός και συγγραφέας αναφέρεται στο θέμα των εβραϊκων […]

The Hellenic Navy vessel that fought on D-Day and became a WW2 floating museum

By Pierre Kosmidis After the Second World War, many ships that were not sold for scrap metal, were transferred to allied countries. One of those vessels, the LST-325 (Landing Ship Tank), which was built in 1943, was given to Greece in 1964 and remained until decommissioning in 1993 in the ranks of the Hellenic Navy. Vessels […]

WW2 German Stuka Ju87 aircraft shot down in 1943 recovered in Leros

By Pierre Kosmidis Back in the autumn of 1943, a fierce battle was fought in and around Leros Island, between the British and the Germans, for the control of the Dodecanese Islands, after the capitulation of the fascist italian regime in September 1943, which occupied the islands since 1912. Bullet holes on a Ju 52 […]

“Oria” shipwreck, the watery grave of 4,000 POWs in 1944

By Pierre Kosmidis The sinking of the steamship “Oria” in Gaidouronisi, a tragedy in the dark years of the nazi occupation of Greece in February 1944, which  resulted in 4,115 drowned Italian POWs, almost three times as many victims as the Titanic, is largely forgotten and kept in the dark drawers of history. Few people […]

Vickers Wellington: A rare WW2 treasure at the seabed of the Aegean Sea

By Pierre Kosmidis PHOTOS: LENA TSOPOUROPOULOU   www.wreckdiving.gr   The Vickers Wellington bomber found in Sifnos Island at the Cyclades, Greece, is one of the few wrecks of its type -if not the only one- that is preserved in such an excellent condition. Another forgotten page from the years of World War II was discovered thanks […]

HMS Rover: The unknown story of the submarine in Souda Bay, Crete, 1941

By Pierre Kosmidis In this rare and previously unpublished photo, dated April 1941, HMS Rover is seen in Souda Bay, Crete Few are aware of the fact that Souda Bay in Crete, a large naval base used by the British in early WW2, is in a way similar to Pearl Harbor, Scapa Flow and Truk […]