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WWII air force hero Konstantinos Hatzilakos dies at 102

One of Greece’s last surviving heroes of World War II, fighter pilot Konstantinos Hatzilakos, has died at the age of 102, the Association of Retired Air Force Officers announced on Tuesday. Lieutenant general Konstantinos Hatzilakos was an iconic figure of the Air Force, a veteran fighter pilot of the Second …

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FM Dendias raises “German WWII reparations, halt submarines sales to Turkey” to counterpart Baerbock

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias raised the issue of WWII reparations for the Nazi occupations of Greece and asked his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock to halt exports of submarines to Turkey. At a meeting of the two top diplomats in Athens on Friday morning and during joint statements, Dendias said …

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Greek divers discover Italian WWII submarine wreck “Jantina”

Greek divers have discovered the wreckage of an Italian submarine 80 years after it was sunk by the Allied Forces in the Aegean Sea during World War Two. The Jantina, which had sailed from the Greek island of Leros with 48 sailors on board, sank on July 5, 1941, after …

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Greece officially invites Germany to negotiate on WWII & WWI reparations

Athens has officially called on Berlin to come to the negotiations table with regards to the German WWII reparations including the enforced loan during the occupation by the Nazis April 1941- October 1944. And not only. According to the Greek Foreign Ministry, Athens has claims also from the WWI. It …

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“Greece & Poland should join forces for WWII Reparations” says German historian

Greece and Poland should join forces also with other countries and demand together WWII reparations from Germany from damages they suffered during the Nazi occupation. “Germany has an obligation to pay,” says German historian Karl Heinz Roth who has also published a book on the German WWII debt to Greece. …

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Italian President to formally apologize for declaring war to Greece on 28. Oct 1940

Italian President Sergio Mattarella will reportedly formally apologize on behalf of his country for the unprovoked declaration of war to Greece, on 28 October 1940. Invited by his Greek counterpart Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Matterella will pay an one-day visit to Greece on Sunday. The two presidents will attend the military parade …

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12 Oct 1944: Why Greeks don’t celebrate the end of Nazi occupation and WWII?

With a modest ceremony as every year, Greece celebrated the end of Nazi occupation on 12. October 1944. There was a brief  ceremony on the Acropolis and a wreath lay at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament in Syntagma, downtown Athens. The Liberation of Athens …

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German returns antique artifact to Greece; found during Wehrmacht works in Thessaloniki

A German national has returned an antique artifact to Greece. The antique ‘cup’ painted in black and with remains of decoration is in perfect form and dated back to the classical times of Ancient Greece. It was handed over to the Greek Embassy in Berlin by a German citizen. According …

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Remains of 108 Greek soldiers fallen in Albanian recovered, no DNA match so far

The remains of 108 Greek soldiers killed during a WWII advance of Greek forces in Albania, as Greece repelled an attempted invasion by Italian forces in 1940-41, have so far been unearthed during an ongoing search at Dragot (Tepeleni) in Albania, the Hellenic National Defence General Staff announced on Thursday. …

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Authorities proceed with controlled explosion of WWII projectile in Glyfada

Authorities have launched the procedure of controlled explosion of a WWII bomb found in Ano Glyfada, suburb of south-east Athens. Residents in surrounding houses have been evacuated, police has stopped traffic in the broader area. The projectile was discovered after excavation at the boundary of the Air Force camp fence. …

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Greek President reiterates call for German WWII reparations

Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos renewed the demand for war reparations from Germany owed to Greece from the time when the Nazi forces had occupied the country, during the World War II. During a visit to the village Kommeno by Arta in Western Greece, Pavlopoulos reiterated the Greek demand. The country …

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Soldiers safely diffuse 250-kg WWII bomb, transfer it for controlled detonation (pictures)

Greek soldiers safely defused a 250-kilo bomb from the World War II found under a petrol station in Thessaloniki. Prior to the bomb neutralization operation, more than 72,000 people, including refugees and migrants form a hot spot nearby, were evacuated. “End good, all good!” Sunday afternoon, Regional Governor Apostolos Tzitzikostas …

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Greece WWII Bomb: Phase I of neutralization concluded, 72,000 evacuated (pcts, video)

Thousands of Greeks evacuated their homes on Sunday morning to allow army experts defuse a World War II bomb found under a petrol station in Kordelio suburb of Thessaloniki, in Northern Greece. Refugees and migrants in the hot spot Softex, an abandoned factory, were also evacuated. In the biggest evacuation …

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Greece evacuates 72,000 people after WWII bomb found under fuel station(picts, videos)

The biggest evacuation of civilians in peacetime is underway in the city of Thessaloniki, northern Greece, after authorities discovered  a 250-kilo unexploded bomb from the Second World War. More than 72,000 people are expected to leave the suburb of Kordelio and surrounding area and return to their homes after army …

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