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Levitha

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ArchipelagoDodecanese
Coordinates370040N 262735E / 37.01111N 26.45972E / 37.01111; 26.45972 Coordinates : 370040N 262735E / 37.01111N 26.45972E / 37.01111; 26.45972

A Greek family that has been living alone on a small Aegean island called Levitha since 1820 is not being acknowledged by the state, which will not recognize their or islands ' existence, in order to serve financial interests in the Aegean Sea. Levitha, islet located between Patmos and Leros, is inhabited by the family of Dimitris Kamboso, whose great-great-grandfather settled there in 1820. As expect, remote island inhabitants face several problems in their everyday lives. It is not easy, living without neighbors in the middle of nowhere. The nearest inhabited area is located 24 nautical miles away, 2. 5 hours by boat. Winters are particularly hard, since family can leave strand on island due to strong winds and rough. Therefore, they always make sure to have enough provisions and supplies. At the moment, however, Kambosos family is facing a more serious issue, since the Municipality of Leros is trying to declare inhabited island as uninhabited islet. It all began in February 2013 when renewable energy companies sought to lease properties on five islands in the region in order to install wind turbines. It appears that the municipality has the upper hand in the situation due to the way in which statistical authorities conducted the census process in 2011. According to Dimitris Kambosos, agency officials contacted him, asking him to fill out a census form via phone in order to avoid a trip to Levitha. Family accept in good faith. As a result, after the census, number of residents recorded on island amount to zero and the island has been declared by Leros mayor as an uninhabited islet. On the other hand, Greek Defense Ministry has informed the Municipality that Levitha cannot be classified as an uninhabited islet, because in such case, international law does not recognize its rights to the Continental Shelf and Exclusive Economic Zone. Big governments care about people. Get love it. In the last hundred years, communists made countless speeches about how much they cared about people. Yet murder millions. Unfortunately, most Greeks seem to have forgotten the cold war. They have even forgotten thousands of Greek patriots who gave up their lives to fight Marxism and save Greece during the civil war. Instead they vote for Marxists in shameless expectation that they would roll back cuts like the good old days under Pasok. Then we wonder why Greece is in a mess. Useless is the only word for itLack. Of intelligence or common sense of some public servants in Greece is unbelievableIt. Is so bad that it is worse than impoverished nations. Incompetence at its best. For gods sake, this guy is Greek and should be give this guy medal for occupying an island on his own and being patriotic as he is. And they do not want to recognise guy. We are Greeks at the end of the day. Help man out

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Archaeological findings

Ancient sailors court adventure and risk death on the Aegean Sea. And now divers have discovered five of their approximately 2 000-year-Old shipwrecks and a giant, granite anchor pole near the tiny Greek island of LEVITHA. These ships were laden with goods, largely amphorae, which are ancient jugs with slender handles and narrow necks that usually hold valuable liquids, such as oil and wine. Amphorae come from cities of Knidos, Kos, Rhodes, Phoenicia and Carthage, according to the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports. Dating to just before the middle of third century BC, goods were made during a time when Ptolemaic and Hellenistic Antigonid dynasties ruled maritime trade in Aegean, Ministry report. Among the findings was 880-lb. The Granite anchor pole, spot nearly 150 feet underwater, that dates to sixth century BC anchor is so enormous, it likely came from a colossal ship, Ministry say. In addition to five shipwrecks, divers found other sunken vessels. One wreck had amphorae from the Ancient Greek city of Knidos, located in what is now Turkey, that also date to the third century BC. Three other shipwrecks found nearby were carrying cargo that included Cone amphorae. These wrecks date to the second and first centuries BC and second century AD. Three newly discovered shipwrecks consist of first-century-b. C vessel toting amphorae from northern Aegean, first-century-. D wreck with amphorae from Rhodes and Shipwreck with amphorae that date to the early Christian period. Researchers found shipwrecks during Underwater excavation lasting from June 15 to 29, under direction of archaeologist George Koutsouflakis, director of Department of Underwater Archaeological Sites, Monuments and Research with Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, which is part of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports. Efforts include 57 group dives and 92 hours of work on the seabed. The project's findings indicate that this sea route was heavily used from the Archaic to Ottoman periods, Ministry say. Archaeologists plan to study the area around LEVITHA, as well as nearby Aegean islands of Mavria, Glaros and Chinaros, until 2021.

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By Pierre Kosmidis

A few WW2 units reached legendary status of Long Range Desert Group, known as LRDG or Desert Scorpions. This outfit, predecessor of modern Special Forces, after its successful operations in the African Desert, met its tragic fate in the Greek Islands in 1943. Fail operations in Dodecanese, following capitulation of Italy in September 1943, resulted in resounding and bitter defeat for the British and the last victory of strategic importance for Germans. One incident which is largely forgotten, but played a major part in the destruction of LRDG, was the disastrous Operation To secure Levitha, uninhabited islet 25 nautical miles southwest of Leros island. Only a handful of LRDG operatives scaped ordeal, prompting the then prime minister of New Zealand to protest to British and demand immediate withdrawal of Kiwis from LRDG. Staff essentially by volunteers, LRDG had unique abilities to infiltrate enemy lines in an extremely hostile environment, to perform reconnaissance and gather intelligence, to sabotage Axis airfields and fuel dumps. With retrofitted vehicles, heavily equipped and self-sufficient for several weeks away from their base, LRDG reached iconic status within Allied Forces. This legendary force was called to play a completely different role in 1943 and act as regular foot soldiers, which essentially meant that their importance was diminished by their own brass. Simply put, commando units were used as infantry in unfamiliar environment, such as the Greek Islands, and eventually were needlessly destroy. Capitulation of Italy in September of 1943 created a new military reality on the Dodecanese Islands. Germans had already prepared recapture of the Islands and under no circumstances would they allow the development of painful thorn in their backside with the presence of British and Greek Forces in politically and strategically sensitive area. While the British had superiority at the sea, Germans controlled the skies over islands. The Germans managed in a very short period of time to mobilize their Special Forces, Brandenburgers from Yugoslavia. Experience, tough and properly train, these men prove ideal for the demanding island environment. They were spearheads of the Wehrmacht in Operation Taifun, during Battles for Dodecanese in Kos, Rodos, Astypalaia, Levitha and Leros. Along with fallschirmjager, German elite paratroopers, Brandenburgers conquer Islands one by one. The British, in a rather hastily planned campaign pressed by political opportunism, mobilise variety of Commonwealth troops, based mainly in Africa and Malta. This is how LRDG find themselves in a totally unfamiliar environment, from the vast Desert of Africa to tiny Greek Islands of Dodecanese, assuming completely unknown roles. Strip of their main weapons, constant movement and concealment, they find themselves in the same position as their enemies were in Africa. After the fall of the big Islands, Rodos and Kos, Germans prepare for the last phase of the Operation, making their way towards Malta of Aegean Sea, Leros island.

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