James Zampelis: O μοναδικός Αυστραλός ελληνικής καταγωγής που σκοτώθηκε στη Μάχη της Κρήτης το 1941

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos and additional media submitted by Jim Claven and used by permission  READ THE ENGLISH VERSION   Μια άγνωστη ιστορία στο ευρύ κοινό ήρθε στο φως χάρη στις προσπάθειες του Αυστραλού ιστορικού Jim Claven, ο οποίος ερευνά εδώ και χρόνια την παρουσία των Αυστραλών στην Ελλάδα. Πρόκειται για τον James Zampelis, ή […]

1940-41 – The forgotten heroes: The Greek cemeteries in Albania

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos: George Krikelas The Greco-Italian war of 1940-41 cost the lives of thousands of soldiers from both sides. Innumerable stories of hard fought battles, tales of heroism and despair are still echoing to this day in the mountainous regions of Albania, where the two armies fought, leaving many dead behind.   Both […]

Found! An intact Ju 52 (Werk #6590) ditched in 1943 in the Aegean Sea, Greece

By Pierre Kosmidis According to www.aviationarchaeology.gr the Ju-52 located close to Kea island, Greece, is among the most well-preserved WW2 aircraft that have ever been found in the Greek seas. The Ju-52, with construction number Werk # 6590, was lost in 1943 after ditching northwest of Kea. The wreck of the aircraft is located at […]

FOUND! Théophile Gautier: A French ocean liner at the seabed of the Aegean

By Pierre Kosmidis The Aegean seabed is a silent witness of many dramatic events during the Second World War. The wreckdiving.gr research team located and positively identified the wreck of the French ocean liner Théophile Gautier, at a depth of 112 meters below sea level. “Following information received from local fishermen, and thorough research in the historical archives, and despite […]

Burdigala: 100 years since the sinking of the second largest shipwreck of the Greek Seas

By Pierre Kosmidis TEXT BY PIERRE KOSMIDIS PHOTOS BY DIMITRIS GALONOn November 14, 1916 the luxury liner S/S Burdigala, formerly known as “Kaiser Friedrich” struck a mine and sunk between Kea and Makronissos islands. 2016 marks the centenary of this shipwreck, the second largest in the Greek Seas, after the “Brittanic”, which was lost  in 1916 too. The […]

Vickers Wellington: A rare WW2 treasure at the seabed of the Aegean Sea

By Pierre Kosmidis PHOTOS: LENA TSOPOUROPOULOU  www.wreckdiving.gr   The Vickers Wellington bomber found in Sifnos Island at the Cyclades, Greece, is one of the few wrecks of its type -if not the only one- that is preserved in such an excellent condition. Another forgotten page from the years of World War II was discovered thanks […]

An Arado Ar196 in Herakleia Island, Greece

By Pierre Kosmidis Lying at a depth of just 11 metres, this Arado wreck is an ideal snorkeling destination (Photo: Costis Mantzoris) On September 17, 1943 this specific Arado 196 went on a mission to protect a convoy consisting of three ships (UJ 2104, Paula and Pluto) on their way from Piraeus to Rodos. Photo […]

PHOTOS-VIDEOS – The Liberty Convoy: Reliving history through WW2 vehicles – Colonna Della Liberta 2017

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos: Akiss Paraskevopoulos    In order to commemorate the Liberation Day in Italy, Colonna Della Liberta (Liberty Convoy) is an event that brings together WW2 vehicles and reenactors. Italy’s Liberation Day (Festa della Liberazione), also known as the Anniversary of the Liberation (Anniversario della liberazione d’Italia), Anniversary of the Resistance (anniversario della […]