The story of the Greek PZL P24 fighter aircraft, 1940-41

By Pierre Kosmidis The Royal Hellenic Air Force (EVA) is the only air force during WW2 to operate the PZL.24 as its main fighter type. Two subtypes, thirty P.24F and six P.24G, were ordered and delivered in 1937-38. They were split between three Mirae Dioxeos (Fighter Squadrons): the 21st at Trikala, 22nd at Thessaloniki and […]

Bunker Archaeology: The German WW2 “Hohlgangsanlage” bunkers of Aegina island, Greece, by Konstantinos Kirimis

By Pierre Kosmidis Research and photos by Konstantinos Kirimis, submitted to and used by permission Among the various bunkers and fortifications built by the German occupation forces all over Greece during World War 2, this specific “cave-shelter” (Hohlgangsanlage, according to the German technical terminology of the time) is located in the Northern Fortress of Aegina (see Note 1, […]

Postcards celebrating Greek victories against the Italians in 1940-41

By Pierre Kosmidis A series of postcards issued in 1945, celebrated the Greek victory against the fascist hordes of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. Each of these postcards marks a specific date, related to some of the events of the Greco-Italian war of 1940.  The Italians initiated their offensive against the northern borders of Greece from […]

Why did Mussolini select October 28 1940, to start the offensive against Greece?

By Pierre Kosmidis The Greek dictator Ioannis Metaxas responded “alors c’est la guerre” (“So this means war”, which lived in the annals of History as “NO”) to the ultimatum of the Italian ambassador Emmanuele Grazzi at 3:00 in the morning of October 28, 1940 in one of the most brilliant pages of modern Greek history. […]

WW2 Greek Army 1940 Reenacting Team – Bringing History to life, 76 years after

By Pierre Kosmidis Text: Pierre Kosmidis   Photos: WW2 Greek Army 1940 Reenacting Team & Akis Paraskevopoulos Story in Greek – ΣΤΑ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ ΚΑΝΤΕ “ΚΛΙΚ” ΕΔΩ:  Λένε “ΟΧΙ” και φωνάζουν “ΑΕΡΑ!” 74 χρόνια μετά – Η Ομάδα Αναβίωσης ΕΣ 1940 The last soldiers who fought in the mountains of Greece and Albania against the fascist […]