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This is the mausoleum of the historic cruiser of the Hellenic Fleet "ELLI".

Since the beginning of the century, the hostile intentions of Italy against Greece became evident, and the hypocritical effort to conceal them, very poor. The outbreak of this hypocrisy was the torpedoing of the historic cruiser of the Hellenic Fleet "ELLI", anchoring at the island of Tinos on the 15th of August 1940, despite the "friendship pact" signed by the two countries in September 1928. Mussolini had probably believed that with impudence he could disarm dignity, with hypocrisy he could eliminate the passion for freedom, and with the military strength the sacred duty for the Hellenic soldier to preserve the freedom of his country. He believed he could give expression to a dream from the past : the reconstitution of the Roman Empire, or at least the Venetian naval supremacy.

More about the Greek Epic of 1940 you can find Here

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