Leros “Malta of the Aegean”.
A special monument of the Second World War.
Leros is an indispensable destination for lovers of contemporary European history, since it played a starring role during the Second World War. “Operation Taifun” and the Battle of Leros, the sinking of the legendary ship “Queen Olga” in Lakki, the German invasion under the major General Muller, the valuable services in espionage, cover endless pages of history and Churchill’s references , Admiral Willis, and other major protagonists of the war, creating a historical narrative that looks like a film.
The closed and safe port at Lakki, as it is the largest natural port of great depth of the Mediterranean, its nearby position to the Turkish coast and access to the Middle East and Africa, were the reasons why the Italians turned the island into the most extensive Italian Naval and aeronautical base of the eastern Mediterranean since the 1930. A basis comparable to that of the English in Malta, giving Leros the nickname “Malta of the Aegean”.
Today, unique aboveground and underwater monuments of historical battles, strategic fortification works, underground tunnels, shipwrecks of warships, submarines and war planes, cemeteries of foreign fallen soldiers, are preserved. Many of the objects found on the island, or recovered from the sea, others that were donated by the Greek Army and or by civilians, are unique exhibits and become guides on a special journey through history in the tunnel of Merikia.
You may also be interested in visiting the British and the German cemetery.