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.
The Greek Army, which had fought valiantly against Italy since the invasion of the Italian Army, which was initiated on October 28 1940, offered stiff resistance against the Germans in the northern borders with Bulgaria, in a series of battles which remained in history as the “Battle of Metaxas Line”, but was overrun mainly via the northwestern borders with Yugoslavia.
Shortly afterwards, the Germans continued their advance towards Athens and the Battle for Greece was concluded with the invasion of the island of Crete, codenamed “Operation Mercury”, a large-scale airborne attack, which resulted in a Pyrrhic victory for the Germans.
In a period propaganda photo, we see a Dornier Do 215 aircraft flying over the coast of central Greece, with mount Olympus in the background.
By overlapping the 1941 photo to an image taken by google earth maps in 3D, we are able to identify the exact spot, as it is today.