At the British Cemetery in Alinda.
I have dedicated this and my previous picture to a commemoration of the Battle of Leros that took place 70 years ago. I don't talk about the battle because I like the war or enjoy military things. The Battle and the weeks that led to it were too much for a little Aegean island the inhabitants of which had to fight poverty first of all. I'm interested in the Battle because it's left Leros marks we still live with. Bombed houses still lie in our neighbourhoods and the battlefields are the low mountains that surround us and the beaches we relax on every summer. People who were immediately affected still are among us, children of veterans visit and ask for information, Greek and foreign authors who research and write about the Battle of Leros have become our friends.
From the presentation of Churchill's Folly: Leros and the Aegean by Anthony Rogers on http://www.amazon.com
Today many of the Greek islands of the Dodecanese are popular tourist resorts. However in 1943 they were the scene of the last successful German invasion of the Second World War. The islands had been occupied by the Italians since 1912 but, Italian Armistice of September with the downfall of Benito Mussolini, Winston Churchill seized the opportunity to open a new front in the eastern Mediterranean. Rejected by the Americans, it was a proposal fraught with difficulties and, ultimately, one that was doomed to failure. British garrison troops occupied territory with the assistance of naval forces, but with little or no air cover. They were opposed by some of Germany's finest, including units of the esteemed Division Brandenburg, with ample air and sea support. Three months of operations ended in a British defeat and with the Aegean under German occupation until the end of the war. The author has drawn on British, German and Italian sources and uses graphic eyewitness accounts to provide a detailed retelling of the struggle for possession of the Dodecanese, and the battles for Kos and Leros in particular.
On the ear of the book cover one statement struck me in particular: "Strategy conceived over cigars and whisky far from the battlefield spelt disaster for the men on the ground."
From "The King's Own -- The Story of a Royal Regiment" by Col Cowper:
"On this small Greek island of the South East Aegean Sea fought English Scottish Irish Indians South Africans Australians Canadians New Zealanders Italians Germans and Greeks.
VICTIMS : APPROXIMATELY
68 GREEK OFFICERS & SAILORS FROM the Greek Battle ship QUEEN OLGA
In the WORKSHOP a view of the landscape through the cemetery gate.
Thank you for visiting
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jhm (131794) 2013-11-13 10:08
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
In Belgium lie mass British, Australian, Americans and a lot other victims about the world, the name "Flanders Field" on 50 km of my home, I have almost all cemetries brought a visit.
The West Angle (the region of the battle) with Ypres as central point with the Meenen gate as most important point with every evening the Last Post through the members of the fire department.
A wonderful colourfully image, excellent sharp and clear.
You chose a very well angle this cares for depth and perspective.
Excellent presentation, nice captured.
Very well done, TFS.
krzychu30 (14986) 2013-11-13 11:03
another silent testimony of the tragic history of WW2 in Greece.It´s also a good example,that in the face of death all are equal-no matter of the nationality.
Meaningful and important scene to show us.You´re right it´s so different from what most of the tourist see on their holidays.
Thank You also for your note-a good and interesting history lesson for us!
Have a nice evening
jemaflor (77476) 2013-11-13 12:24
Well presented good Fh and nice golden light, perfect sharpness, interesting contribution.
ikeharel (48274) 2013-11-13 12:24
Most times I do not comment nor post cemeteries photos, yet I feel this is a whole diff. requiered attitude: the WW@ influenced the world round - there was almost no natio went unaffected from that.
Fine shot, neat garden, white contrast the green.
nikkitta (11110) 2013-11-13 14:47
Very interesting note about the war in Greece, did you read Corelly Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres?
A touching and well presented homage with a circular point of view and fading light
fabbs99 (14403) 2013-11-13 22:29
This is solemn reminder of the World War II. Nice image, sharp with good details, well saturated colors and nice composition. Well done.
mirosu (10942) 2013-11-13 22:46
Thanks for excellent introductory note. The title fit well to the content. Who-why? Good question, why all this happened? Nice photo of place to remember. Thanks for posting it.
Noel_Byrne (17131) 2013-11-14 5:04
A touching accompaniment to your last post, and one which reinforces the devastation of war. To die is bad, to never be remembered so much worse. I guess the stone is a nice thought, but we never forget this is somebodies son here, and his name is not known. I really admire the composition too, it reminds me so much of the military cemeteries we see in the US.
A wonderful idea to focus the main stone in the foreground like this, while in the distance we see that this sad moment is repeating on and on and on. Really nice work, thanks
All the best
Sergiom (50520) 2013-11-14 5:47
C'est bien la semaine du souvenir que tu nous rappelle aujourd'hui. Dommage que les hommes n'apprennent pas de leurs erreurs et que la paix est toujours à recommencer. Il semble y avoir de plus en plus de conflits partout dans le monde.
danos (80921) 2013-11-14 6:38
όχι και τόσο ευχάριστο το θάμα να βλέπει κάποιος ένα νεκροταφείο αλλά ιδικά αυτό τα συμμαχικά είναι να τα θαυμάζει κανείς για την καθαριότητά τους,την φροντίδα και γενικά την περοποίηση που τους κάνουν.Και να σκεφθεί κάποιος ότι τα αντίστοιχα των γηγενών ευρίσκονται σε πολύ χειρότερη κατάσταση και μερικά δεν πλησιάζονται.
Kugart (1776) 2013-11-14 7:24
Hi Ourania ,
A very apt photograph for this time of year with Remembrance Sunday just past. I always find it so sad when I look at so many graves of men who died fighting for their country especially when the decisions are made by people Who never have to lift a weapon. Nice shot Ourania and a poignant reminder of the futility of war.
Silvio1953 (111016) 2013-11-14 11:04
Ciao Ourania, gran bella luce ad illuminare la tomba di una delle tante vittime della follia umana, un soldato di cui non conosciamo neppure il nome, gran bella memoria di una pagina di storia triste per le nostre nazioni, bell'omaggio, ottimi colori, bella prospettiva e splendida nitidezza, breavissima, ciao Silvio
holmertz (34563) 2013-11-14 13:47
Although this is a well taken and nicely composed photo with very fine light and colours it's hard to make comments like these on a subject where there are still such strong feelings of so many people involved. This goes far beyond the photographic point of view. Maybe especially for those reasons this, along with the carefully written note, is an important contribution to TE.
subhendu_bagchi (24367) 2013-11-15 3:21
battle does nothing except losses.
Here you showed a cemetery nicely with your frame making eyes. Great use of diagonal. Sharp focus on the first post. Excellent colours. Sorry for them who buried there. But like your composition. No answer on who and why...
Have a nice time.
mcmtanyel (8157) 2013-11-16 7:45
A nice tribute to the memory of all who died for a cause that was not their decision. The low evening sun is caressing the headstones gently.
abmdsudi (36288) 2013-11-16 8:30
Moving image, everyone of them a life lost and a sobering reminder of the ultimate sacrifice paid during war. Just never forget the sacrifice these soldiers made....
The warm light filtering through the grave stones make this image so fabulous and the striking cntrast to green setting. Well captured and tfs
Cricri (96919) 2013-11-16 10:21
Une note et une image touchante, triste histoire de la folie des hommes, belle lumière sur la tombe....un bel hommage rendu a toutes ces personnes disparues
delpeoples (50641) 2013-11-19 5:30
This series is very well-timed and is very sobering. When I see photos like this is makes me think of the sacrifice made by young people all over the world, only a generation ago. There are just too many of these cemeteries, too many unknown soldiers and such a wanton waste of human life. Villages like this have probably never recovered properly from it. I remember talking to an old man in the village of Tende, in France. He told me that the male population in his village was decimated and those that returned were maimed terribly. He said that even the average height of French men reduced after the war, as all its healthy men had been taken. Just terrible. Thank you for this elegant and haunting photo and note.
Hellas (6719) 2013-11-20 0:40
Γεια σου Ουρανία!
Είναι προς τιμή σου, το ότι παρουσίασες τις φωτογραφίες αυτές, κάνοντας επίσης ένα μίνι αφιέρωμα στα γεγονότα εκείνης της μαύρης ιστορικής περιόδου.
Τα αποτελέσματα του μίσους των ανθρώπων έναντι άλλων είναι πάντοτε τα ίδια και ταλανίζουν τα περισσότερα μέρη της γης. Δεν υπάρχει σημάδι που να δείχνει ότι έχει σταματήσει να συμβαίνει, αντιθέτως μάλιστα!
Δεν υπάρχει μέρα που να μην ακούς για δολοφονίες, πολεμικές επιχειρήσεις, βομβιστικές ενέργειες και τόσα άλλα.
adores (32674) 2013-11-28 11:31
A good shot and a good homage to the dead soldiers! It's a pitty there are so many cemeteries like this around the world, so many lifes lost! I suppose many of them haven't even been identified. A good shot, with a good soft light and composition. It was a good idea to include one of the stones in foreground. I like the WS also! Surely a good post!