“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 […]

May 1941: Operation “Merkur”, the destruction of the nazi fallschirmjäger in Crete

By Pierre Kosmidis May 1941: Operation “Merkur”, the destruction of the nazi fallschirmjäger in Crete   A stunned General: Student looks shocked as he speaks to the nazi parachutists who survived the invasion of Crete. Note their facial expressions, a Pyrrhic victory for Hitler’s chosen ones. (postcard issued with the nazi propaganda magazine Der Adler) […]

Crete, 1941: “A good nazi is a dead nazi”

By Pierre Kosmidis It goes without saying that “a good nazi is a dead nazi”  and Crete, the place of fierce fighting between the Allies and the Germans in May 1941, clearly shocked the nazis, as far as the result of their Pyrrhic victory is concerned. Scores of dead Germans littered the island for days […]