HMS Rover: The unknown story of the submarine in Souda Bay, Crete, 1941

By Pierre Kosmidis In this rare and previously unpublished photo, dated April 1941, HMS Rover is seen in Souda Bay, Crete Few are aware of the fact that Souda Bay in Crete, a large naval base used by the British in early WW2, is in a way similar to Pearl Harbor, Scapa Flow and Truk […]

James Zampelis: O μοναδικός Αυστραλός ελληνικής καταγωγής που σκοτώθηκε στη Μάχη της Κρήτης το 1941

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos and additional media submitted by Jim Claven and used by permission  READ THE ENGLISH VERSION   Μια άγνωστη ιστορία στο ευρύ κοινό ήρθε στο φως χάρη στις προσπάθειες του Αυστραλού ιστορικού Jim Claven, ο οποίος ερευνά εδώ και χρόνια την παρουσία των Αυστραλών στην Ελλάδα. Πρόκειται για τον James Zampelis, ή […]

FOUND! A downed WW2 German Bf109 fighter aircraft frozen in time!

By Pierre Kosmidis The island of Crete, the “graveyard of the nazi fallschirmjagers”, a title earned because of the horrific casualties the German elite paratroopers suffered during the invasion of the island in May 1941, is a battlefield that still yields relics related to the fierce battles fought on the ground, as well as at […]

FOUND! A Beaufighter shot down in 1943 near Naxos, Greece

BY PIERRE KOSMIDIS PHOTOS & TEXT: GEORGE RIGOUTSOS  At a depth of 34 meters off the coast of Naxos, approximately half a nautical mile from the coast, divers found a RAF Bristol Beaufighter in 2007. Based on testimonies of fishermen, but also the inhabitants who had seen the events, this specific Beaufighter was shot […]

Found! An intact Ju 52 (Werk #6590) ditched in 1943 in the Aegean Sea, Greece

By Pierre Kosmidis According to the Ju-52 located close to Kea island, Greece, is among the most well-preserved WW2 aircraft that have ever been found in the Greek seas. The Ju-52, with construction number Werk # 6590, was lost in 1943 after ditching northwest of Kea. The wreck of the aircraft is located at […]

The forgotten tragedies of the Aegean and the Ionian during WW2

By Pierre Kosmidis Italian POWs in Corfu Island, Greece, 1943. Unfortunately, most of the soldiers on this photo most probably drowned during their transportation to mainland Greece (Photo: Bundesarchiv) A series of forgotten tragedies claimed the lives of more than 13,000 Italian Prisoners of War during their transportation from the Greek islands of the Aegean and […]

DFS-230: The Luftwaffe glider used during Operation Merkur, the Battle of Crete

By Pierre Kosmidis The main transport glider used by the Luftwaffe (German air force) during the invasion of Crete was the DFS-230. It was designed to carry 10 fully equipped soldiers (including the pilot, who was expected to fight as an infantryman after landing) or a freight load of about 1200 kg. Seats were arranged […]

WW2 The Lost Footage: Operation Marita, Greece April 1941

By Pierre Kosmidis The blitzkrieg against Greece, codenamed “Operation Marita” started on April 6, 1941. When Operation Marita began on 6 April, the bulk of the Greek army was on the border with Albania, then a protectorate of Fascist Italy, from which the Italian troops were trying unsuccessfully to conquer Greece. German troops invaded through Bulgaria, […]