Battlefield Archaeology: The abandoned WW2 German gun emplacements of Kolymbari, Crete

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos: Manolis Spanoudakis Following the Battle of Crete in May 1941, the Germans occupied Crete, with the exception of the eastern part of the island, which was occupied by their Italian allies. The Germans initiated a large fortification project, in order to turn the island of Crete into a “fortress”, due to its […]

ΒΙΝΤΕΟ ΚΑΙ ΦΩΤΟΓΡΑΦΙΕΣ – Martin Baltimore: Ένα μοναδικό παγκοσμίως αεροσκάφος του Β’ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου στο βυθό της Ικαρίας!

BY PIERRE KOSMIDIS STORY IN ENGLISH:  Unique photos and video of a rare Martin Baltimore WW2 bomber found in Ikaria island, Greece ΒΙΝΤΕΟ ΚΑΙ ΦΩΤΟΓΡΑΦΙΕΣ: ΣΤΕΛΙΟΣ ΔΕΜΕΡΤΖΗΣ ΚΑΙ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ ΜΑΛΑΓΑΡΗΣ Στα καταγάλανα νερά του Μαγγανίτη της Ικαρίας, βρίσκεται το σημείο αναπαύσεως ενός Martin Baltimore της Βασιλικής Ελληνικής Αεροπορίας. Σε βάθος 18 μέτρων, το ελαφρύ επιθετικό […]

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Going home: Greek Evzones marching, following the capitulation of Greece, April 1941

By Pierre Kosmidis Greek Evzones a.k.a. “Tsoliades”, elite mountain infantry units in the Greek army, analogous to Scottish Highlanders, are marching on their way back home. Following the capitulation of Greece, in April 1941, Greek soldiers were not rounded up as prisoners of war and were allowed instead to go home after the demobilisation of their units, […]

The Heinkel He111 of Leros, shot down on 14 November 1943

By Pierre Kosmidis On 14 November 1943, the crews of two 46 Squadron Beaufighters, Flight Lieutenant D. J. A. Crerar (pilot) with Pilot Officer L. Charles, and Flying Officer B. F. Wild (pilot) together with Flight Sergeant R. W. Gibbons, shared in the destruction of a Heinkel He 111H (8011/6N+EP) of II./K.G. 100. This was […]

The Hellenic Navy vessel that fought on D-Day and became a WW2 floating museum

By Pierre Kosmidis After the Second World War, many ships that were not sold for scrap metal, were transferred to allied countries. One of those vessels, the LST-325 (Landing Ship Tank), which was built in 1943, was given to Greece in 1964 and remained until decommissioning in 1993 in the ranks of the Hellenic Navy. Vessels […]

Then and Now: Operation “Taifun”, the Battle for Leros, 1943-2016

By Pierre Kosmidis SWASTIKA OVER THE AEGEAN is a limited edition book by acclaimed author Anthony Rogers, a photographic record of events that occurred in and around the Dodecanese in the autumn of 1943. Those events resulted in the last decisive German victory of the Second World War. The Eastern Aegean was the setting for […]

The Royal Hellenic Air Force during World War 2

By Pierre Kosmidis During the Second World War, although being severely outnumbered, counting only 79 aircraft against the 380 fighters and bombers available to the Italian Regia Aeronautica, the Royal Hellenic Air Force managed to successfully resist the Italian invasion in 1940.  On November 2, 1940, a Breguet 19 intercepted the 3 Alpine Division Julia […]