ΝΕΑ ΕΥΡΩΠΗ: Ο δοσιλογικός τύπος και οι εβραϊκές περιουσίες

By Pierre Kosmidis   Στο φύλλο της 29ης Μαρτίου του 1943, της δοσιλογικής εφημερίδας ΝΕΑ ΕΥΡΩΠΗ, η οποία κυκλοφορούσε στη Θεσσαλονίκη, ανάμεσα στα άρθρα για τις “περηφανείς νίκες των γερμανικών ενόπλων δυνάμεων στο Ανατολικόν Μέτωπον και την Τυνησίαν”, ξεχωρίζει και μια ανακοίνωση του φρουράρχου Θεσσαλονίκης, η οποία αναφέρει: “ΤΙΜΩΡΕΙΤΑΙ ΑΥΣΤΗΡΟΤΑΤΑ Η ΕΙΣΟΔΟΣ ΕΙΣ ΤΑ ΟΙΚΙΑΣ […]

WW2 Bunker Archaeology: The 102 mm gun emplacements of Aegina

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos and additional information by Konstantinos Kyrimis used by permission Author and researcher Mr. Konstantinos Kyrimis, from Greece has visited and documented the Northern Aegina Fortress, a complex of bunkers which were built between 1936 and 1940 by the Greeks, in view of the oncoming World War. “The Northern Aegina Fortress or BOA, […]

Then and Now: 1941-2018 in Crete, by researcher Andreas Sfakianakis

By Pierre Kosmidis Research and photos: Andreas Sfakianakis Mr. Andreas Sfakianakis, a researcher from Crete, has identified the exact locations of photos shot in 1941, which are the property of the Australian War Memorial. In these photos, which date back to April 1941, the Allied Forces are expecting the German onslaught, which took place roughly a […]

A Bf109 aircraft wreck shot down in 1944! Help us identify it!

By Pierre Kosmidis Not far from the northern coast of Crete, close to Anissaras, at approximately 800 metres from the beach, in a sandy seafloor, 27 metres under the surface, a German Messerschmitt Bf109 fighter aircraft is lying upside down, frozen in time. Underwater photographer Philippos Marakis, born in 1982 in Crete, captured unique photos […]

Letters from the front: Greek soldiers write back to their families in 1941

By Pierre Kosmidis The fight against the Italians on the mountains of Albania is raging and the Greek soldiers, in the lull of the battles, write back home to their wives, girlfriends or parents. Correspondence with their loved ones was a crucial lifeline with the ordinary lives they had to leave behind, when the Italians […]

Aviation Archaeology: Solving the mystery of the RAF Halifax bomber, EB140 624 squadron, crashed on Wednesday, December 1st, 1943

By Pierre Kosmidis Christos Tsiolas and Yiannis Yiannoulas: Crash site and recovered Halifax parts photos Karl Kjarsgaard, Director at the Bomber Command Museum of Canada: Documentation and period photos Chris Stone: RAF 624 Squadron photo Additional information on Operation Swifter by Manolis Bardanis   UPDATE: According to respected researcher Mr. Manolis Bardanis, the Halifax was on its way to […]

“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 […]

The unknown story of the Italian submarine “Axum”, lost in Greece, 29 December 1943

By Pierre Kosmidis The Royal Italian Navy Submarine “Axum”, (Regio sommergibile “Axum”), named after the ancient city in Ethiopia, was commissioned on 2 December 1936 and had a quite successful career during WW2, including many patrols and the torpedo attack against Allied shipping on August 12 1942, which resulted in the sinking of one ship and damaging of […]