Then and Now: The bombing of a Greek airfield, 1944-2016

By Pierre Kosmidis THEN AND NOW: Bombing of Kalamaki Airfield (also known as Hassani or Ellinikon), Athens, Greece, seen from the bomb bay of a US B-17 bomber, 15 Sep 1944 and a current image via google maps (source of photos: ww2db/google) The airport was built in 1938, and after the German invasion of Greece in […]

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 […]

Then and Now: 1941-2018 in Crete, by researcher Andreas Sfakianakis

By Pierre Kosmidis Research and photos: Andreas Sfakianakis Mr. Andreas Sfakianakis, a researcher from Crete, has identified the exact locations of photos shot in 1941, which are the property of the Australian War Memorial. In these photos, which date back to April 1941, the Allied Forces are expecting the German onslaught, which took place roughly a […]

Then and Now: 1941-2018, the Germans in front of the Greek Parliament

By Pierre Kosmidis With the conclusion of Operation Marita, the conquest of mainland Greece and a couple of weeks before Operation Merkur, the airborne invasion of the island of Crete, the Germans held a victory parade in Athens, on May 5, 1941. The Royal Palace in 1941, which is the Greek Parliament today, was a […]

Τότε και Τώρα: Όταν η φωτογραφική, γίνεται μηχανή του χρόνου…

By Pierre Kosmidis Ο Σεργκέι Λαρένκοφ είναι Ρώσος πλοηγός στο λιμάνι της Αγίας Πετρούπολης και ερασιτέχνης φωτογράφος. Ασχολείται με μια πρωτότυπη μορφή Τέχνης, η οποία συνδυάζει ικανότητες… ντέντεκτιβ, γνώσεις Ιστορίας, αλλά και τεχνολογίας. Συλλέγει φωτογραφίες και καρτ ποστάλ περασμένων δεκαετιών και ψάχνει τα ίδια σημεία σήμερα, ώστε να δει μέσα από το φακό του πόσο […]

Then and Now: 1941-2018 a Luftwaffe Dornier Do 215 over Olympus

By Pierre Kosmidis Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece with its highest peak at 2,918 metres, was considered to be the home of the ancient Greek gods. On April 6 1941, the German offensive against Greece, codenamed “Operation Marita” resulted in the capitulation of the Greek Army on April 20, 1941. The Greek Army, which had […]