“Oria” shipwreck, the watery grave of 4,000 POWs in 1944

By Pierre Kosmidis The sinking of the steamship “Oria” in Gaidouronisi, a tragedy in the dark years of the nazi occupation of Greece in February 1944, which  resulted in 4,115 drowned Italian POWs, almost three times as many victims as the Titanic, is largely forgotten and kept in the dark drawers of history. Few people […]

The Brotherhood of Greek Veterans: Remembering and honouring all veterans and fallen comrades who served in Greece during WW2

By Pierre Kosmidis Information and photos submitted by David Sanderson, Chairman of the Brotherhood of Greek Veterans and used by permission. Thousands of Allied soldiers found themselves in the maelstrom of events following “Operation Marita”, the German invasion of Greece, which unfolded from April 6, 1941, until the end of May, when the Battle of Crete sealed the […]

Bunker Archaeology: WW2 German bunker complex in western Attica, by Konstantinos Kirimis

Information, research and photos by Konstantinos Kirimis Mr. Konstantinos Kirimis, a respected researcher and author, is a regular contributor of www.ww2wrecks.com  and prepared a feature on a World War 2 bunker complex. During 1943, the German occupation forces in Greece, were expecting an Allied landing. In fact, this was deliberately circulated by the Allies, codenamed “Operation Animals”, as a distraction of […]

Stuka Attack! The new book on I./StG 3 Ju87 bombers in Southeast Europe and North Africa

By Pierre Kosmidis Information, photos and documents by Lt. Col. (ret.) Hans Peter Eisenbach, used by kind permission. A new book by acclaimed researcher and author Lt. Col. (ret.) Hans Peter Eisenbach is published, featuring the history of Sturzkampfgruppe I./3 in 1941. The book documents the history of Sturzkampfgruppe I./3, also known as the “Grazer Gruppe”, in 1941 and represents […]

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 www.ww2wrecks.com 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, […]