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Battlefield Archaeology: The forgotten bunkers of 1943
WW2, WW2 in Greece
By Pierre Kosmidis
Photos & Research by Andreas Galanos
Archive photos by Tony Rogers, submitted via Andreas Galanos
The Eastern Aegean was the setting for a series of German air-sea landings, something not normally associated with the Wehrmacht.
Leros Island, 1943:German infantry carried out beach assaults and, unusually, Fallschirmjäger were deployed in their intended role as paratroopers, more than two years after sustaining frightful losses in Crete.
Both sides relied on air and naval forces, as well as conventional and unconventional ground forces.
German paratroopers were drawn from the Luftwaffe and Division Brandenburg; the latter also fielded coastal raiders and assault troops.
Respected researcher Andreas Galanos walked around the battlefields in Leros and shared his photos with www.ww2wrecks.com
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