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Cyprus: Images

Images of the Invasion.


In the neighborhoods of Nicosia, hard and bloody battles were fought. The Turkish push into the city succeeded in part due to the massive bombing of the city by the Turkish Air Force.

The chapel of the Holy Cross near the village of Lymbia. The cross has been removed from above the belfry and it is used as a military post and ammunition depot by the Turkish army.

Archbishop Makarios over the dead body of a Hellenic soldier, after the Turkish attempted invasion of August 1964.

Picture of Kyrenia prior to the invasion. The Turkish invasion plan was centered around this city.

Map of Cyprus showing (left) the dividing line for partition as proposed by Turkey in 1965, and (right) the dividing line after the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus.

Turkish M-47 tank destroyed by Hellenic fire, on the south side of Pentadaktilo.

The greatest victim of the Turkish Air Force, following the innocent civilians, was the Turkish destroyer "Kotsatepe". The "Kocatepe" was sunk, while 2 other destroyers were severely damaged.

The Turk-Cypriot villages had built secured bunkers years before the invasion. The invasion was a pre-planed event that had nothing to do with the security of the Turk-Cypriot population.

Turkish troops as they landing on the beaches of Pentemili.

Turkish troops as they are exiting an assault craft in July 1974. The invasion of Cyprus included more than 40,000 troops, a number that needed preplanning.

The Hellenic Navy ship "Lesbos" proved to be of great importance to the defense of Cyprus. It's presence in the vicinity of the island distracted major Turkish naval and airborne units.

A picture of Turkish soldiers training on Cyprus as part of the TOURDYK military unit.

Turkish parachutists, as they drop over Nicosia-Agyrta. These troops suffered great loses.

Turks from Anatolia have been brought in to settle in the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus, in order to change the population ratio of the island. More than 65,000 mainland Turks have been brought to the island since 1974.

Turkish soldiers paying respect to their dead. The invasion cost Turkey more than 3,000 men.

Captured Turkish M-47 tank, driven to battle by a Hellenic crew.

Picture from a National Guard exercise. The National Guard maintained a tank force of only 34 old T-34s.

Obituaries of Hellenic soldiers that fell in the battle to save Cyprus.

Dramatic picture of a counter-offensive by ELDYK against turkish positions.

Turkish tanks advance, while the UN (UNFICYP) watches on.

Turkish pilot sitting by his destroyed plane. The Turkish Air Force lost at least 12 planes over Cyprus, as well as another 2 over the Aegean.

There are thousands of Hellenes, like the girl in the picture, who are awaiting information and news about their missing beloved ones.

The center of Nicosia as it appears today. The invading barbarians brought only misery to the people on Cyprus, both Hellenes and Turks.

Mothers and fathers weep in remembrance of their children's supreme sacrifice.

The vandalized cemetery at Rizokarpaso. The hate of the invading forces was carried out even upon the dead.

The memorial dedicated in honor of the members of ELDYK that gave their lives for the protection of Cypriot Hellenism.

The church of St. Varnava has been converted into a stable by the Turkish occupation forces. Just another step in their attempt to destroy every mark Hellenism has left behind it.

A National Guard post located on Lidra street. The writing above the post reads: "Nothing is Gained Without Sacrifice, And Freedom Without Blood".

The memorial in honor of the dead of the 35th MK (Katdromis - Commando Unit).

Makedonitissa is the final resting place for the Hellenic warriors of 1974.

A map showing the stages of the Attila invasion, as well as the UN resolutions that condemn the invasion and the numerous incursions.


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