Z Special Unit: The top secret Australian Special Forces “Zed” during World War 2

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos and video submitted by Lionel Aitken and used by permission   A 13-part documentary series, focusing on Z Special Unit, a largely unknown Australian Special Operations element, is in the making and www.ww2wrecks.com has reached out to Mr. Lionel Aitken, the driving force behind capturing and producing all the interviews with surviving members […]

Bunker Archaeology: The WW2 178 mm coastal artillery emplacement of Fleves island, by Konstantinos Kirimis

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos and information submitted by researcher and author Konstantinos Kirimis, used by permission Author and researcher Mr. Konstantinos Kirimis, from Greece, has conducted extensive and systematic investigation and on site exploration of WW2 bunkers and other fortifications. One such bunker and artillery positions complex, located at Fleves island, still survives to this day, reminding […]

Η πυροβολαρχία των 178 χιλ. του Ναυτικού Οχυρού Φλεβών, από τον Κωνσταντίνο Κυρίμη

By Pierre Kosmidis Φωτογραφίες: Κωνσταντίνος Κυρίμης, δημοσίευση κατόπιν αδείας Ο κύριος οπλισμός του «Ναυτικού Οχυρού Φλεβών (Ν.Ο.Φ.)» ήταν μια πυροβολαρχία (τεσσάρων πυροβόλων) των 178 χιλιοστών, εγκατεστημένη σε δεσπόζον ύψωμα, στο μέσο του νησιού. Τα πυροβόλα (όλα είχαν αφαιρεθεί από το παροπλισμένο θωρηκτό «Λήμνος») βρίσκονταν εδραιωμένα σε μεγάλες τσιμεντένιες βάσεις, με διάμετρο 9 μέτρων. Ο σύγχρονος επισκέπτης, […]

The WW2 “flying coffin” that never returned: The search for the lost Beaufort

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos and info by Pamela Harrison In a solemn ceremony, the relatives of  Flying Officer Arthur Aitken and Flight Sergeant Peter Hastie threw flowers on to the ocean gently lapping the shore. It was on the 72nd anniversary since the ill-fated RAAF Beaufort A9-317 took off from RAAF Busselton Air Base on September 9, 1943, never to be […]

Wartime graffiti: Soldier artists turn their barracks into an art gallery

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos: Markos Spanos Leros Island in the Dodecanese, Greece,  was a theatre of fierce fighting in 1943, marking the last German victory of strategic importance in the Aegean, with the Operation code named “Taifun”. READ MORE: Battlefield Archaeology: The rare relics of Leros, 1943   The Battles for Kos and Leros, 1943 – […]