Reliving the past: Operation Marita and the German invasion of Greece in April 1941, through the eyes or reenactors

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos submitted by Kampfgruppe “Süden” Hellenic Reenactment Group, Kampfgruppe ”Bulgarien”, Asociaţia Deutsches Freikorps and used by permission The German invasion of Greece, codenamed “Operation Marita”, was initiated in the early hours of Sunday, April 6, 1941. The German forces attacked “Metaxas Line”, a series of concrete fortifications, located mainly along the border with […]

Aviation Archaeology: The Junkers Ju 88 A5 Werke No. 8138 – shot down on the night of 7/8th April 1941

By Pierre Kosmidis Colour photos by Lancashire Aircraft Investigation Team, used by permission Black and white photos by Russell Brown collection, used by permission An exemplary research and excavation of a Luftwaffe bomber crash site, shot down in 1941, was conducted by the Lancashire Aircraft Investigation Team, resulting in the positive identification of this WW2 aircraft and the unraveling […]

“Fly’ in Home” the M4 Sherman destroyed on Peleliu island, October 18th, 1944

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos and additional information by Seth Erazmus A lone Sherman tank wreck is located on Peleliu island, still echoing the ferocity of warfare. According to Mr. Seth Erazmus, this specific tank was named “Fly’in Home” and was destroyed on October 18th, 1944 along with most of her crew. The grandfather of Mr. Seth Erazmus was the […]

FOUND! The lost Panzer Division and the wreck of “Marburg” full of German tanks and guns

By Pierre Kosmidis The photo of the Italian Archivio Centrale Dello Stato files, reason for the investigation of the ship’s identity – Photo Credit: LUCE/George Karelas Research: George Karelas and Gerasimos Sotiropoulos Photos: As credited Text: Pierre Kosmidis By  May 21st, 1941 the Germans had concluded the invasion of mainland Greece, codenamed “Operation Marita” and […]

Το Seafire που συνετρίβη στις 7 Οκτωβρίου του 1944 στην Κω, από το Γιάννη Λιοντή

By Pierre Kosmidis Οι φωτογραφίες είναι του Γιάννη Λιοντή  και δημοσιεύονται με την άδειά του Ο κ. Γιάννης Λιοντής από την Κω, είναι ερευνητής της Ιστορίας του πανέμορφου νησιού του Αιγαίου κατά τη διάρκεια του Β’ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου και έχει στην κατοχή του ένα σημαντικό εύρημα, το οποίο φωτίζει μια άγνωστη σελίδα της Ιστορίας του νησιού. […]

The search for the surviving crew members of HMS Whelp, by Victoria L. Short

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos submitted by Victoria L. Short and used by permission History is written by millions of young men, individuals who gave their all and fought for their ideals during World War 2. One such case is Leslie Wilfred Dodge, who served as a stoker on HMS Whelp. Leslie Wilfred Dodge passed away in […]