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 […]

Then and Now: 1941 – 2018, the battle of Rethymno in Crete, by Andreas Sfakianakis

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos, research and documentation by Andreas Sfakianakis The German airborne invasion of Crete, codenamed “Operation Merkur”, led to the conquest of the Greek island, after ferocious battles, which led to thousands of men killed in action or wounded. Out of an assault force of just over 22,000 men, the Germans suffered some […]

Then and Now: 1941-2018, WW2 in Crete, by Andreas Sfakianakis

By Pierre Kosmidis Then & Now photos by Andreas Sfakianakis Back in May 1941, the German airborne operation, codenamed “Merkur” resulted in the conquest of the island of Crete, despite the heavy losses sustained by the fallschirmjager, which resulted in a Pyrrhic victory for the German invaders. Over 7 decades later, Mr. Andreas Sfakianakis from Crete, […]

Then and Now. April 27, 1941 – 2018: When the nazis entered Athens

By Pierre Kosmidis On 6 April 1941, Germany came to the aid of Italy and invaded Greece through Bulgaria and Yugoslavia. Greek and British Commonwealth troops fought back but were overwhelmed. On 20 April, after Greek resistance in the north had ceased, the Bulgarian Army entered Greek Thrace, without having fired a shot, with the […]