Then and Now: Operation “Taifun”, the Battle for Leros, 1943-2016

By Pierre Kosmidis SWASTIKA OVER THE AEGEAN is a limited edition book by acclaimed author Anthony Rogers, a photographic record of events that occurred in and around the Dodecanese in the autumn of 1943. Those events resulted in the last decisive German victory of the Second World War. The Eastern Aegean was the setting for […]

Now and Then: 1941-2016, rare photo from the British Expeditionary Force in Athens

By Pierre Kosmidis A previously unpublished photo, from the personal collection of a British Army Officer, brings back to life the moment when the British Expeditionary Force entered Athens, in March 1941. Major (his rank in 1941) E. Holding served throughout the Second World War in Egypt, mainland Greece and Crete, Libya, Tunisia, and Italy. […]

Then and Now: Stuka attack on Greek steamer “Macedonia”, April 22, 1941

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos and Research: George Karelas   George Karelas, a respected researcher and deep scuba diver is credited, along with his associates, with some of the most impressive finds related to World War 2 in Greece, including aircraft wrecks, shipwrecks and even the lost panzer division, a deep sea enigma that lasted for […]

Μύθοι και αλήθεια: Πόσα αεροσκάφη καταρρίφθηκαν το 1940-41

By Pierre Kosmidis Φωτογραφίες: Νίκος Χριστοφίλης ENGLISH VERSION: The truth behind the myths: How many aircraft were shot down in 1940-41 during the Italian campaign against Greece  Σε κάθε πόλεμο, “το μεγαλύτερο θύμα είναι η αλήθεια”, λένε. Δεκαετίες μετά τη λήξη του Β’ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου, περιστατικά περιβεβλημένα με την αχλύ του μύθου αποκτούν μια διάσταση […]

Then and now: Arpalouki bunker complex, April 1941 – April 2016

By Pierre Kosmidis Lt. Colonel (ret.) Ilias Kotridis has positively identified a photo of a Greek bunker, which was shot by an unnamed German soldier back in April 1941. Arpalouki Bunker Complex, located at 41°20’54″N  23°15’35″E By comparing the black and white photo with a colour photoLt. Colonel (ret.) Ilias Kotridis shot recently, it is […]

Then and Now: The Japanese coastal battery and USS Colorado 小川砲台

By Pierre Kosmidis The USS Colorado and the destroyer Norman Scott became preferred targets of a battery of three 6-inch guns emplaced in caves behind Tinian Town. These enemy weapons had remained silent in their well-camouflaged positions waiting for just such an opportunity as presented itself on 24 July. Only 3,200 yards off shore lay […]

“O εμφύλιος πόλεμος δεν ήταν αναπόφευκτος”, ο καθηγητής Ιστορίας Πολυμέρης Βόγλης μιλάει για το βιβλίο του “Η Αδύνατη Επανάσταση”

By Pierre Kosmidis Ο αναπληρωτής καθηγητής κοινωνικής ιστορίας στο τμήμα Ιστορίας, Αρχαιολογίας και Κοινωνικής Ανθρωπολογίας του Πανεπιστημίου Θεσσαλίας Πολυμέρης Βόγλης μιλάει για το καινούριο του βιβλίο “Η Αδύνατη Επανάσταση” (Εκδόσεις Αλεξάνδρεια) προκειμένου να φωτίσει πτυχές της εμφύλιας σύρραξης που τόσο ταλανίζει την ελληνική κοινωνία, είτε σε τοπικό επίπεδο, είτε σε επίπεδο διαπάλης ιδεών και αντιλήψεων […]