Photographer's Note

Two members of the Hellenic Military Vehicules Preservation Association ( on a visit to the primary school of Ayia Marina last September.

They are dressed as officers of the Sacred Squadron, a special Greek commando corps that operated along with and under the command of famous British corps such as LRDG (Long Range Desert Group), SAS, SBS and others. Their aims were: harassment of the transportations of the Axis, sabotage, collection of information, commando operations in general. The crew of this military car were Greek officers belonging to the Sacred Squadron and bearing uniforms, arms and equipment provided by the British Army.

In the photo, Andreas Galanos is talking to the gathered pupils and Iannis Zissis is leaning on one of the vehicles he has restored. It’s a historical restoration of a 1942 Ford GPW, used by the Hellenic Royal Aviation at its headquarters in Cairo in 1943, bearing the insignia of RHAF 336th FLYING SQUADRON.

In its day the car carried weapons, supplies and fuel that allowed great autonomy of movement. It had also gone under the necessary mechanical reinforcement in order to cope with the harsh desert conditions.

On the occasion of its participation to the commemorating events for the 70th years from the Battle of Leros, it was “dressed” as a Sacred Squadron accompanying car.

My colour picture wasn’t so good because of the deep shadow and the stark lighting contrast which I wasn’t able to balance or correct in pp. I decided to turn to monochrome because I wanted to save this scene. I was surprised by the details it revealed and I liked the atmosphere.

1. a wider view that includes the whole of the car
2. a photo that shows the condition of a donor car before it was deconstructed and reassembled to make a faithful reconstruction of a WWII vehicle. (I borrowed the photo from Iannis Zissis’ archive upon request).

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