The Metaxas Line bunkers through previously unpublished photos

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos submitted by Ted Konstantinov and used by permission The Metaxas Line, the series of bunker complexes in the northern borders of Greece, withstood the German onslaught, during the initial stages of “Operation Marita”, the German invasion of Greece, initiated on April 6, 1941. Many photos have surfaced over the years, mostly […]

Then and Now, 1941-2019: Bulgarian Lt. Colonel Georgi Dernikov in Athens

By Pierre Kosmidis Photo submitted by Ted Konstantinov and used by permission The officer on the right is Bulgarian Lt.Colonel Georgi Dernikov. In March 1941, prior to Operation Marita, the German invasion of Greece, which was initiated on April 6, 1941, Dernikov was appointed as liaison officer with the Luftwaffe’s 8th Air Corps (VIII. Fliegerkorps), […]

Battlefield Archaeology: Italian relics found in a Greek island

By Pierre Kosmidis Inert bomb fuses have been found by local researchers in a Greek island, which saw fierce fighting during World War 2 and has been occupied by Italian and German forces. Those bomb fuses, which were used during WW2 by Italian aircraft, were found buried in a shallow pit, in the proximity of […]

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 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 […]