“Εχθροί στη ζωή, αδέρφια στο θάνατο” – Η αναστήλωση του μνημείου στο ύψωμα 731

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos by George Krikelas  Το ύψωμα 731 αποτέλεσε πεδίο σκληρών μαχών ανάμεσα στους Έλληνες και τους Ιταλούς, το Μάρτιο του 1941, κατά τη διάρκεια της αποτυχημένης εαρινής επίθεσης των Ιταλών, υπό το βλέμμα του Μουσσολίνι. Ο λόφος 731 (ονομάστηκε έτσι από το υψόμετρό του) βρίσκεται περίπου 20 χιλιόμετρα βόρεια της Κλεισούρας και […]

Walking on the footsteps of ghosts: The eerie WW2 battlefields of 1940-41

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos by Riccardo Iacobini, used by permission Autumn on the mountains of Albania is exploding with colours from a thousand trees. The smell of flowers, the humming of the bees, the birds chirping are all offering a unique experience to the visitor trekking the slopes and plateaus, away from modern civilisation. Yet, on […]

Aviation Archaeology: Solving the mystery of the RAF Halifax bomber, EB140 624 squadron, crashed on Wednesday, December 1st, 1943

By Pierre Kosmidis Christos Tsiolas and Yiannis Yiannoulas: Crash site and recovered Halifax parts photos Karl Kjarsgaard, Director at the Bomber Command Museum of Canada: Documentation and period photos Chris Stone: RAF 624 Squadron photo Additional information on Operation Swifter by Manolis Bardanis and Ken Joyce   UPDATE: According to respected researcher Mr. Manolis Bardanis, the Halifax was […]

1940-41 – The forgotten heroes: The Greek cemeteries in Albania

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos: George Krikelas The Greco-Italian war of 1940-41 cost the lives of thousands of soldiers from both sides. Innumerable stories of hard fought battles, tales of heroism and despair are still echoing to this day in the mountainous regions of Albania, where the two armies fought, leaving many dead behind.   Both […]

50 years at war: The story of a ravaged country through the eyes of Pavlos Galanos

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos by Andreas Galanos   ΔΙΑΒΑΣΤΕ ΣΤΑ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ: ΜΕΡΟΣ Α’ – Μια ζωή στρατιώτης: Ο ελληνοϊταλικός πόλεμος 1940-41 μέσα από τα μάτια του Παύλου Γαλανού  ΜΕΡΟΣ Β’, ΕΜΦΥΛΙΟΣ ΠΟΛΕΜΟΣ – Παύλος Γαλανός, 37 μήνες πολεμικών επιχειρήσεων  Greece has been at war or under special circumstances for the better part of the first […]

Everything You Need to Know: Interview with Jan-Peter Brüning, author of the book Luftwaffe Gravity Knife: Weapon, Tool, Tradition

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos: © Jan-Peter Brüning, published with his permission ΣΤΑ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ/IN GREEK  The “gravity knife” used mainly by German paratroopers during the Second World War has gained mythological dimensions. In many countries it is known today as the “Gravity Knife” but in Germany, the country of its origin, everybody just calls them Kappmesser – […]

Commemorating the crew of the RAAF Bristol Beaufort A9-317, lost on September 9, 1943

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos and documentation by Pamela Harrison www.ww2wrecks.com has previously featured a story on The WW2 “flying coffin” that never returned: The search for the lost Beaufort  Mrs. Pamela Harrison has dedicated her time and efforts to help locate the doomed aircraft and the final resting place of its crew members. On September 9, 2020, 77 […]

Markos Danezis: The “magician” who transforms faded memories into vivid images

By Pierre Kosmidis Markos Danezis, from Athens, Greece, has a special talent:  He  transforms old faded photos in realistic pictures, as if they were shot minutes ago, with the latest technology camera. Markos is dedicated to absolute historical accuracy and thoroughly researches all background of the photos he works on, in order to achieve the optimal […]

FOUND! A Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero supporting structure for 250 kg bombs

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos: Panayotis Mprokos Rodos island, under Italian occupation from 1912 to 1943, was a base of strategic importance for the Regia Aeronautica. From the airfields of Rodos, Regia Aeronautica bombers could attack Allied shipping in the Mediterranean and even reach targets in the Red Sea and the Middle East. After the capitulation […]