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THE BATTLE OF CRETE BY THE SCULPTOR NIKOS SOFIALAKIS

Author: Pavlopoulos Dimitris Antonopoulou Zeta

 

Publisher: THE NIKOS SOFIALAKIS CENTER OF NEOCLASSICAL SCULPTURE

 

Price: 23,32 € 16,32 €

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Publish date: Νοέμβριος 2013
Type: Paperback
Pages: 72
Dimensions: 29x21cm

ISBN

  •  9786188067905
  •  9786188067905

Description

«The monumental narration of the battle of Crete - The frieze by Nikos Sofialakis»:
On Saturday, June 15th 1968, at 4 p.m., the old captain of the Cretan National Resistance, leader of the rebel forces on the island, Emmanuel Badouvas (1897-1984), resident of Heraklion, Crete, co-signs the private agreement with his fellow Cretan, the sculptor Nikos Sofialakis (1914-2002) in the artist's atelier in Athens, for the construction of a monumental sculpture in honor of the Battle of Crete, during which battle the German occupying forces had been repelled from taking over the island on the morning of May 20th 1941. That day marked the beginning of the German airborne offensive against Crete, codenamed "Operation Mercury" -with 60 reconnaissance aircraft, 280 bombers, 150 stuka aircraft, 180 fighters, 600 transport aircraft and approximately 100 wind planes, which would have burned 10,000,000 liters of gasoline! By June 1st the Germans had taken the island from the British forces which totaled 1,512 officers, 29,977 infantrymen with 151 machine guns, 16 light tanks and 9 medium infantry tanks -yet it was a hollow victory, as the cost to German forces, with 5,000 - 6,000 dead and wounded, of which 4,750 were elite paratroopers, deterred the Germans from ever daring such a large-scale airborne offensive again.
The Battle of Crete, in which 60,000 soldiers fought [...] is considered the apex of the National Resistance for every Cretan, since, in just a few short days, 4,000 armed citizens and Cretan rebels managed to defeat the numerically superior German forces, which totaled 22,750 men, 1,370 aircraft and 70 ships. It must be assumed that under a similar emotional perspective Sofialakis, in the most dynamic period of his artistic output, desired to preserve these chapters of the dramatic struggle of his fellow countrymen. [...]

Contents

Georgios P. Chraniotis
FOREWORD
-Dimitris Pavlopoulos
THE MONUMENTAL NARRATION OF THE BATTLE OF CRETE
THE FRIEZE BY NIKOS SOFIALAKIS
-THE FRIEZE
-Zetta Antonopoulou
"INTRODUCING" NIKOS SOFIALAKIS