Battle of Leros

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Sunday 02 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

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Last summer Clan Spike headed across the short stretch of water that separates our country of Turkey, with that of Greece, our nearest neighbour. It was a short vacation, but memorable all the same – our first half decent break for 6 years.

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One place we visited confirmed our ‘tourist’ status, and that was a look around a small museum. Now, I’m not one for museums on the whole. I usually find them boring and of little interest, ashamedly; unless of course there are lots of buttons to press, such as in a science museum.

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Anyway, on the island of Leros, we came across a small museum about World War II. To my surprise, I was in fact really taken with it. It was interesting, informative and actually quite a moving place; given the sombre nature of the story it had to tell.

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Back in 1943, an important battle took place for the island which became known as the central event of the Dodecanese Campaign of the Second World War. Occupying Italian troops, supported by the British were trying to defend the island, with its strategic naval port, from Nazi invasion. The Battle of Leros claimed some 1,000 lives, almost 6,000 were wounded and the loss of some 115 aircraft.

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I’m no historian. I even failed to pass my school exam on History. However, that probably was more down to having a crush on a rather hot history teacher at the time, a certain Mrs Lewin.

Anyway sorry, I digress. I’m sure this Wikipedia link provides probably a better summary than I could give you guys on the Battle of Leros.

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What I can provide are a few shots we took that you may/may not* find of interest (*delete as appropriate).

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It was the middle of August, rather warm at around 30 (or 86F in old money), but to us it was rather pleasant compared to the 43 or so back home (110F). Yes, we go ‘away’ in summer to cool off, not warm up 🙂

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The eeriness of the whole place was actually quite palatable. It wasn’t a museum, but a site where men fought and died. A sobering moment on our vacation… but it was at least lovely and cool in the tunnels.

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By the way, thanks go to Ed Prescott, that rather talented truck driving photographer from Tennessee, who got me thinking about history and stuff like that this week – he inspired me to do this post 🙂

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8 thoughts on “Battle of Leros

  1. Miz Roket says:

    Leroy… such a beautiful island… I went there in 2011. Loved the War museum 🙂

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  2. My brother Tom would love this place he’s a real history buff.

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  3. Uncle Spike, why must there be war? I loved this article and I was wowing at what looked like a tunnel. Yet every time the subject of war comes along, my heart just sinks. This world in my opinion idolizes war. I live with a man who suffers horribly from being a hero in Nam. What war does to man’s minds and hearts sickens my soul. Just my thoughts.

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    • Uncle Spike says:

      Couldn’t agree more…

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      • Thanks, Uncle Spike. I thought you would. What I have seen war do to a man or woman for that matter, I really have no words for. I now have my own PTSD due to living with one who has many mental/emotional issures. Yet, this is what my heart leads me to do, so I deal best with what I have and do my best to keep my stress to the minimal.

        Just to give you an example of what violence does to me. I watched a movie I should not have, based on a true story. The lead is Tom Hanks, and what the title is to this movie, flew right out of my head. It is about the piracy problem around the Horn of Africa. This movie has been haunting me since I saw it, knowing that this really goes on in this world. See, I have such a tender heart that I must stay focused on good, LOVE and LIGHT in order not to succumb to panic.

        Thanks for listening. I’ve never understood this world, not even as a child, and what I see now just keeps adding to the total inability to understand. Again, I feel so far removed from so-called reality, that when I see the President on TV, it is as though I am watching a movie. It just is not real.

        Now if this makes me dilusional or “ill”, so let it be. This world is too hasty to stamp a label on anyone, IF that person thinks outside of the box, or IF that person is different. I happen to fit in both catagories.

        I don’t know where this is coming from. I think the movie. I just am so unsettled inside. So in order for me to get back to balance, and since I cannot get into my gardens due to snow and cold, I will go to the gym to workout.

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