The mystery of the Ju88 wreck in Macedonia, Greece

By Pierre Kosmidis Research and photos submitted by George Karelas and used by permission The skies over Greece saw intense air battles during WW2, resulting in many aircraft destroyed. Several have been located, out of which some have been identified, while others are still shrouded in mystery. One such aircraft wreck, located thanks to information received […]

The Air Battle over Mykonos island: 27 January 1944, hell over the Aegean

By Pierre Kosmidis Research by Kostas Koukovinis and Thanos Antonelos Mykonos island  is considered one of the top destinations worldwide. The Greek island combines sandy beaches with buzzing nightlife, attracting tourists from all over the world. Located in the center of the Aegean Sea, Mykonos is also close to Delos island, the sacred island of the […]

The Italian Savoia-Marchetti SM 79 «Sparviero» aircraft at the seabed of Poros Island, Greece

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos: Kostas Mylonakis  www.wetklik.gr An important historical discovery, the first Italian aircraft of World War II which was located in Greece was documented photographically by the diving team of Anthony Grafas. It is a three-engined bomber Savoia – Marchetti SM 79 ‘Sparviero “, (“Hawk”), which was originally identified a few years ago, […]

Takis Lazaridis, the man who escaped the execution by firing squad

By Pierre Kosmidis «Περίλυπος σέρνω αυτές τις γραμμές», γράφει ο Τάκης Λαζαρίδης στο βιβλίο του «Ευτυχώς ηττηθήκαμε σύντροφοι…» που πρωτοκυκλοφόρησε το 1988, προκαλώντας την οργή των πρώην συντρόφων του και έκτοτε έχει επανεκδοθεί 7 φορές: «Διπλά καλότυχοι όσοι, σαν τον πατέρα μου, δεν πήγαν από αδελφικό, αλλά από γερμανικό βόλι. Και για τους ζωντανούς, πώς […]

Horrido! Fighter Aces Of The Luftwaffe

By Pierre Kosmidis Great book covering the top aces of the Luftwaffe with an overview and personal stories of pilots such as Rall, Barkhorn, Marseille and Hartman. First published in 1968, the stories are more immediate to the events, that is these fellows were still alive. Also as 1968, the authors spend some time explaining […]

“Velos” and “Georgios Averoff” the floating museums of Greece

By Pierre Kosmidis Georgios Averof is a modified Pisa-class armored cruiser built in Italy for the Royal Hellenic Navy in the first decade of the 20th century. The ship served as the Greek flagship during most of the first half of the century. Although popularly known as a battleship in Greek, she is in fact […]

The War Museum: A stroll in the yard of History

By Pierre Kosmidis The War Museum in Athens opened its doors on July 18, 1975. Its purpose is the exhibition of weapons, military artifacts and the history of war, since ancient times. The museum’s collection includes exhibits from Greece and other civilizations, such as China and Japan. There is a very interesting collection of guns, […]