The tragic end of Bristol Blenheim Mk I of 211 Sqn RAF, at 16:07 hrs., April 13, 1941

By Pierre Kosmidis Source: 211 Squadron RAF Photos: As credited On the afternoon of Easter Sunday, 13 April 1941, six of the Squadron’s seven remaining serviceable Blenheims took off from Paramythia for an unescorted daylight attack on German forces some some 120 miles away to the NNE, advancing South via the Monastir Gap through Florina […]

Αναδύεται στη μνήμη η τραγωδία του “Marguerite”

By Pierre Kosmidis Σαν σήμερα, ακριβώς πριν από 69 χρόνια στις 13 Οκτωβρίου του 1943 μια τραγωδία εκτυλίχθηκε στον Πατραϊκό Κόλπο, η οποία χρειάστηκε σχεδόν 65 χρόνια για να έρθει και πάλι στην επιφάνεια, χάρη στην ιστορική έρευνα και τις επιτόπιες καταδύσεις από ομάδα Ελλήνων αυτοδυτών. Μια υπόθεση γνωστή στους καταδυτικούς κύκλους, αλλά όχι και […]

Stepping back in time: Greek Army soldiers on the train to the front, 1940-2022

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos by Giorgos Vergados © all rights reserved, submitted to and used by permission A group of reenactors from the Greek Historical Revival Group, along with photographers of the “Greek Instagramers Events” participated in an event, reviving the Greek Army mobilisation, following the unprovoked Italian aggression against Greece, on 28 October 1940. The reenactors staged […]

The 155mm naval gun battery of Trahilas and the Greek Sacred Squadron special operations in Milos island

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos © Andreas Galanos, exclusively submitted to and used by permission. The Greek Sacred Squadron was a special operations unit, which was formed in September 1942 in the Middle East, by volunteer officers, who had escaped from Axis occupied Greece. Its aim was to fight the Axis troops and contribute to the liberation of Greece. Following the […]

The attack of the Royal Marines against the German radar in Topakas, Milos island, on November 13th, 1944

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos © Andreas Galanos, exclusively submitted to and used by permission. Milos island in the Aegean Sea, Greece was an important German base during WW2. Heavily fortified, Milos island served as a naval hub, with an airfield, radar facilities, bunker complexes and other military installations. The World War 2 “FuMG 65 Würzburg-Riese” German radar […]

Spitfire LF Mk IXc MJ755: A flying legend over the skies of Greece

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos © Leonidas Sboukis, submitted exclusively to and used by permission   Spitfire LF Mk IXc MJ755 was built at the Castle Bromwich factory and delivered to No. 43 Squadron RAF in August 1944, which was operating over Southern France. In 1947 MJ755 was transferred to the Royal Hellenic Air Force, along with 120 other Spitfires and used by the RHAF […]

“Moudros”: A WW2 wreck at a depth of 100 metres in the Saronic Gulf

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos and video: © Marinos Giourgas, published under license Aegeantec on Instagram:   Marinos Aegeantec on facebook: Mr. Marinos Giourgas is an experienced technical scuba diver and Instructor, credited with the exploration of several WW2 Wrecks in Greece. Recently, along with a technical scuba diving team, consisting of Vasilis Spyropoulos OC diver, and Tasos Papapanos and Antonis Strouzas […]

Lazarettschiff Brigitte and Torpedo Boat Lira in Thessaloniki, by Vincenzo Giacomo Toccafondi

By Vincenzo Giacomo Toccafondi I recently found on a well-known online auction website a very interesting image of the port of Thessaloniki 1. It shows the French ocean liner Theophile Gautier in the background, and two units that were directly involved in Operation Merkur: The small hospital ship Brigitte and the Regia Marina Torpedo Boat Lira. Photos of Brigitte are quite rare […]