Witnesses of the 2nd world war WWII in Greece - Page 10

•1942, 25 November: The Gorgopotamos bridge is blown up in a common operation between the Greek militants and British saboteurs (Operation Harling). This successful operation disrupted the German transportation of ammunition via Greece to the Nazi Africa Corps commanded by Rommel.

•1943, 27 February: Poet KostisPalamas dies. His funeral becomes a public show of defiance to the occupation authorities.

•1943, March: The Germans began mass deportations of the Jews of Thessaloniki to Auschwitz. By the end of the war, an estimated 60,000 Greek Jews were murdered.

•1943, 16 August: 317 inhabitants of Kommeno are murdered and the village is burned by the Nazis.

•1943, September: The Nazi attempt to exterminate the Jews of Athens fails, thanks to the combined efforts of Archbishop Damaskinos, Greek resistance groups and some of the Greek people.

•1943, 13 September: More than 5,000 Italian soldiers are executed by the Nazis in Cephallonia or perish in the sea, during the German takeover of the Italian occupation areas.

•1943, 26 September-16 November: Battle of Leros, the culmination of the Dodecanese Campaign.

•1943, 13 December: The Massacre of Kalavryta occurs.

•1944, 10 March: the EAM-controlled Political Committee of National Liberation is established.

•1944, 10 June: The Distomo massacre. 218 civilians are murdered and the village is looted and burnt.