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Hello Guys, I just wanted to say that it would be great for the Greek community of WoWs to see some Greek ships into the game.There are 2 Greek ships that made a good impression in WWI&WW2. 1)HS BELOS D-16 (DD) Fletcher Class American Destroyer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Charrette 2)HS G.AVEROF (CA) Pisa Class Italian Heavy Cruiser https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_cruiser_Georgios_Averof Because of their initial construction in other countries the only implement for us would be a Greek CAmo. That Camo (GReek FLag,Colors,Captain name,etc),could be in wargaming store and everyone interested in that could buy it.That would be really great and appreciated by the Greek community of WoWs. What is your opinion?
Ten years after the Greco-Turkish War of 1897 the Greek Navy had a minimal force obsolete torpedo and three French warships which had been constructed in 1889. The urgent need for a fleet combat effectiveness resulted in the strengthening of the fleet - in late 1908 - with four new English and four German destroyers. These were added to the Screened-Cruiser "G. Averof ", the honor of the Navy.For the renewal of the fleet then government Mavromichali was sent to Orlando Shipyards in Livorno, Italy, where at that very time constructed an armored-cruiser which had been ordered and were to be used by the Italian Navy.But the cancellation of the order on the part of the Italians and the direct deposit of 1/3 of the total value of the ship allowed the acquisition of the battleship from Greece. The amount of the advance came from the will of George Averoff and amounted to 8 trillion gold drachmas, while the remaining amount of 15.65 million gold drachmas was covered by the Fund National Fleet (T.E.S.). The government spent 23.65 million drachmas to acquire it. The 8,000,000 drachmas came from 20% of the total heritage of George Averoff, who gave the will of the National Fleet Fund in 1899 (date publication of wills). The will stipulated that 1/5 of his property (20 shares) is reserved for the construction of a powerful cruiser ship that will be named and adapted to serve as a Training School ship Naval Academy for the practical and theoretical perfecting them. The remaining amount of 14.3 million was covered entirely by the Fund National Fleet (T.E.S.). It is worth mentioning that the Turks had an interest in purchasing the vessel.The 10,200 tons of armored cruiser (as further described) had Italian engines of 19,000 hp, 22 boilers French, German generators and English guns 190 and 234 mm type ARMSTRONG. The maximum speed the battleship developed was 23 knots. The "G. Averoff "was launched on March 12 (February 27 in the old calendar), 1910 and September 11, 1911 arrived at Faliro, which was accepted by the Greeks with enthusiasm.The battleship did not take long to get acquire the baptism of fire. In October 1912, with the beginning of the First Balkan War, "G.Averof", head of the Aegean Fleet under Admiral Paul Kountourioti, sailed for the Dardanelles. He captured Lemnos and at the bay of Moudros installed advanced mooring Fleet. There followed the occupation of Mount Athos, the islands of the northern and eastern Aegean (Thasos, Samothrace, Imvros, Tenedos, Ag. Efstratios, Lesvos, Chios). The clash with the Turkish fleet was inevitable. Admiral Kountouriotis gave aggressive character in Greek design. He ordered his fleet to start sailing from north to south, so the Ottoman fleet appeared at the exit of the Straits. Then the Kountouriotis sent the famous signal to the Greek ships syneplean with "C. Averof ":" With the power of God and the King Tash our vows in the name of Law sail with 'headlong momentum and belief to victory against the enemy of the Nation ".The outcome of the Battle of Elli (December 3, 1912) and Limnos (January 5, 1913) that followed shattered the expectations of the Sultan and the Sublime Porte to control the Aegean. The Ottoman fleet will not attempt any more new outlet to the Aegean.The Balkan Wars of 1912-13 are undeniably the most glorious war period of the battleship "G. Averof ". With the outbreak of hostilities in October 1912, the Greek navy was asked to achieve a particularly difficult combination of multiple objectives: to prevent the exit of the Ottoman fleet in the Aegean, to acquire ownership of the northeastern Aegean islands, to prevent the transfer of Ottoman troops and supplies to the continental fronts of the Balkans, and to protect the marine transport of Greece and its allies. The successful outcome of the Greek executive designs were the result of three factors: the increased operational capabilities available to the newly battleship, the unquestionable leadership capacity and courage of Admiral Paul Kountourioti and the moral of Greek crews of all without exception of the Greek fleet. The successful occupation of the northeastern Aegean islands and the Greek prevalence of weapons in Battle of Elli and Limnos resulted the 'G. Averof "to acquire symbol dimensions in folk memory: a myth had already been born.During most of World War I Greece remained neutral. But in 1917 the Government of E. Venizelos decided to participate in the war alongside the Allies. By the end of the global conflict -October 1918 Turkey capitulated (Moudros truce) and Greece was on the winning side. The "G. Averof "sailed to Constantinople where he raised the Greek flag as one of the victorious powers of the Great War. In conclusion, the full control of the Mediterranean by the allied navy and the success of the Allied naval strategy, which was aimed at excluding the fleet of the Central Powers in the Adriatic and the Turkish Bosphorus, was based largely on precisely these shocks had brought the Greek fleet and "G. Averof "in Istanbul and the raising of the Greek flag served as the vindication of the courage and selflessness of the Greek naval fleet in the struggle for national integration, most naval symbol of daring and heroism, stimulated the collective imagination and visions of Hellenism.After the signing of the peace treaties "G. Averof "along with the rest of the fleet moved the Greek troops in Ionia. The business developments in Asia Minor deleted quickly downturn which resulted in his destruction on '22. The "G. Averof "found in Asia Minor again, this time to help in the transportation of troops and uprooted Greek element.5 With the start of World War II battleship "G. Averoff "was again head as flagship of Greek naval fleet. After however the collapse of the front in April 1941, the Ministry ordered the Navy to sank the battleship, to avoid falling into enemy hands. In the heart and mind of the Greek crew, leaving the remaining ships of the fleet in Alexandria was unthinkable to be without safe company of "Uncle George" heroic Battleship "G.. Averof ", as it was customary to be called fromt he crews. So, after the successful arrival of the battleship in Alexandria, the ship went to Bombay for general repair and overhaul. Initially the 'G. Averoff "was active in the Indian Ocean, with a mission to protect convoys, on their way from Bombay to Aden. At the end of 1942 "G. Averof " sailed into Port Said, where he participated in port protection missions. With the withdrawal of the German occupation forces in late September 1944 and with an absence of almost four years, the glorious "G. Averof " returned on October 16, 1944 afternoon in Greece, bringing with him the then exiled Greek government and solemnly anchored in Faliro bay. In the period 1947-1949 was the Battleship Fleet Headquarters in Keratsini. But the ship had 'aged' and in 1952 ordered his decommissioning. I hope one day G.Averof will be entered in World Of Warships and make Greek players happy for one more time! Source:http://www.averof.mil.gr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=60&Itemid=70&lang=el
I'm from Chios a very beautifull island in Greece and EVERY year we have an event which is very popular worldwide!!! I think you guys will love it .... Every neibourhood build ships a whole year and at the new Years eve we show it to the people of chios and they decde which is the best ... !!! I will leave u a link of how awesome is it and how proud am i that i ve been born in an island with sooo many Sailors, Captains !!! This video is in greek language ... u can watch additional videos if u search this : " αγιοβασιλιατικα καραβακια χιου " u wont regret it