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, […]

May 30, 1941: When two Greeks removed the nazi flag from the Acropolis

By Pierre Kosmidis It has been acknowledged as one of the first act of resistance against the nazis in Europe and the first in Greece; On this day, in the late hours of May 30, 1941 two young Greeks removed the nazi flag from the Acropolis in Athens. Manolis Glezos and Lakis Santas, two young […]

Found! Part of a Bf 109 belonging to JG27 in Rodos, Greece

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos by Panagiotis Brokos Few fighter wings of the Luftwaffe during World War II achieved so many aerial victories as Jagdgeschwader 27 did. Successful pilots, such as Hans-Joachim Marseille, Hans-Arnold Stahlschmidt, Werner Schröer and Karl Kugelbauer, among others, flew with JG 27, which claimed over 3,100 kills for some 1,400 aircraft lost, and approximately 827 pilots killed, […]

Nazi atrocities in Crete: Murdering civilians, women and children

By Pierre Kosmidis A photograph from a nazi propaganda publication shows German soldiers rounding up soldiers and Greek civilians in Crete. What was the fate of this man? It has been documented by historians that even during the Battle of Crete, the Germans summarily executed civilians who took up their arms against the invading nazis, […]