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My Grandfather by DAK-Rommel My Grandfather by DAK-Rommel
Captain Panos Pantazopoulos, 1918 - 2001
Recipient of:
The War Cross 1940
The War Medal 1940 - 1941
The Medal for Outstanding Acts 1940
(and various other commemorative medals)


Υπολοχαγός Πάνος Πανταζόπουλος (Προήχθη σε Λοχαγός κατά τη διάρκεια του πολέμου)
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Lucas-White Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2017
Thanks for posting this.  I hope that you were able to hear a lot of first-hand accounts from him during his lifetime.
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DAK-Rommel Featured By Owner May 21, 2017
I wish I was but I was 5 when he passed on, however I did hear war stories from my grandmother. He didn't talk much to her about this stuff or anyone, really, because even though the war of 1940 (as we call it) is a source of pride in a sense, but the civil war that followed has not gone down very well in history and he never talked about it apparently except for a singular event,
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The-Mad-Walker Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
An excellent picture I say! :)
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DAK-Rommel Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016
Much appreciated! 
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AlternateHistorian Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016
A wonderful picture! 
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DAK-Rommel Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016
Thank you^^
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grassa48 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Honor to your grandfather. My father also fought in WWII, as a member of the Eighth Air Force out of England.
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DAK-Rommel Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016
Thank you very much, honour to your grandfather as well!
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Tukatze Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
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what a beautiful photo! I'm sure he is also proud about you!
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DAK-Rommel Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016
Thank you very much.
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Tukatze Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Youre welcome.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
You must be proud, much respect for him no matter which side :)
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DAK-Rommel Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016
I am, and thank you very much.

This might sound odd to you but actually much of what we know from the war in Greece comes from German authors.

An example: Right after the Italian Army was defeated in Albania a desperate defense was mounted against the much more superior Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe. In Macedonia there was a concrete fort that was held by the Greek Army and it was sourounded by the Wehrmacht. Galantly, a couple of German officers offered them to surrender, but the Greek officer didn't say anything and he simply pointed on a chalk-written message written on the fort's walls. "Molon Lave", "Come and get it" (Same words uttered by Leonidas). The battle only ended after the fort had completely run out of ammunition. It just goes to show that both sides had respect for each other.

But this stuff is never taught in Greek schools and it's barely even mentioned at all because the narrative of what happend is very strong, so I am glad that these stories have been recorded by German authors as well.

I only wish a war between Greece and the Axis could've been avoided. To my knowledge it was only because of Mussolini's ambitions that Greece was invaded, otherwise Hitler would have stayed out of it.

Sorry for the long answer. Sweating a little... 
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016
What a cool story, and so cool they used Leonidas saying **

Indeed blame Mussolini, Germany didn´t even want to attack there, Rome and also Greece
were modells for his architecture.

I am still sorry for the damage the Germans did in Greece.

I bought a book about Rommels life in the 1. world war now^^
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DAK-Rommel Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016
I'm not going to hate anyone for shit that happend over 7 decades ago, that's just retarded. It's true that there were atrocities commited but good acts were made as well. My grandmother told me that a German soldier saved her Father's life during the occupation once. That means a lot because unfortunately she really dislikes Germans but she recognises the truth besides her personal bias.

Oh that book sounds interesting. What's the title?
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016
If only more would think like you, what do you think how many Eastern Europeans
already attacked me, even when not provoking them XD

A great story, and it is this book:

astore.amazon.com/thegreatwarc…

www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBZaun…
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DAK-Rommel Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016
Oh! "Infantry Attacks" yeah ok I thought you meant a book about Rommel in WW1 by another author, not Rommel's book. I think I already have a copy in Athens, I should read it again.

Yeah don't worry about the Slavs or the Hellens or any other Europeans hating on you Germans. Most of this hatred is unreasonable.

Don't worry about the war, next time we fight it's side by side..: pbs.twimg.com/media/COmXA_LUEA…
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016
Ah ofc u know it XD

I hate noone who respects us, and it is so sad when people insult each other in crisis.

oh yeah^^
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manukord Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
My granduncle fought in the II World War too, although in the Wehrmacht with the Axis powers. He supported bravely for three years the german advance in the oriental front alongside his companions from Spain, Italy, Germany, Romania and even former soviet "citizens" who he and many other southerners befriended. My big cousin guards that treasure of our family, the Iron Cross he received from the german goverment. We don't regret at all his affiliation, neither hide to others our pride.

May your grandfather rest in peace on the Fifth Heaven, where brave and honorable warriors reside and rejoice until the Last Judgment. Praise our ancestors should be a duty for everyone, so lets preach with example, and honor their sacrifices.
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DAK-Rommel Featured By Owner Edited Oct 29, 2016
Respect for your Granduncle. Many brave men from all over Europe fought and died in the East against the Bolsheviks. You're lucky to still have the Iron Cross and I'm glad to hear you honour and respect him.

Thank you for your kind words; they shall never be forgotten under our watch.
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AdmiralMichalis Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
Be proud of him, my friend.  This image brings to mind a quote from the Funeral Oration of Periklis that I have many times heard attributed to those who went into the Pindos Mountains and never returned...

"For heroes have the whole Earth for their tomb; and in lands far from their own, where the column with its epitaph declares it, there is enshrined in every breast a record unwritten with no tablet to preserve it, except that of the heart."

Was he a cavalry officer?
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DAK-Rommel Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016
Thank you for your kinds words and for the quote; I really like it.

He was in the infantry (although they mainly fought in the Albanian mountains but they weren't special mountain infantry)
The picture here was taken just before the war and the horse was his own. As far as I know it wasn't part of the war effort and later it was confiscated by the Germans due to shortage in motorized vehicles.
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Tchaiku Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016
Are you Epirot? 
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DAK-Rommel Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016
Nope, Athenian.
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Tchaiku Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016
Where are your ancestors from?
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DAK-Rommel Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016
Athens..

My Grandpa grew up in Western Peloponisos though and I do have a couple of ancestors from Constantinople from my dad's side.
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AdmiralMichalis Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016
Wow, I would like to hear his story (at least what you know) if you ever get the chance/wish to tell?  As a history student I find the stories of the ordinary people fascinating.  It's something history hasn't always been good at recording, and to hear the tales behind the 'ordinary heroes' is something I consider a privilege.
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DAK-Rommel Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016
I would have to probably write a journal but I will tell you this one from the civil war.

My Grandpa's unit was once sourounded in a field by rebel forces who outnumbered them significantly, they were pinned down by enemy fire and one by one soldiers were being lost. A superior officer who was also his friend was with him and suddenly he stood up waving his hands and my grandpa also stood up but he pushed him down since he was a much older man and wanted to save as many lives as possible. The enemy fire stopped.

The rebel commander came up and he shouted at him that what is going on is dishonourable at best and disgraceful as well, especially since it was a brother war. He challenged him to a duel in the field, man on man and also gave him the option to retreat instead. 

The rebels took off and let the soldiers escape; no duel was fought.

This is only one of the stories, as I said I will talk with my grandma again around Christmas time and will write down details, ranks, names, locations etc. Don't expect too much. As I said in a previous answer my Grandpa wasn't very keen on sharing war stories and I was like 5 when he died. I will also post photos of his decorations at some point.
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AdmiralMichalis Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016
Back when men had honor... Incredible some of the stories from the Civil War.  I know my uncle (the one who was a medic and survived the war) went on to continue in the Army.  He was at a field hospital on the Ionian coast and there was a battle going on in Epirus.  Some of the stories he told at the end of his life from that field hospital were incredible.  There was one soldier who had died in the hospital and my uncle had treated him.  Before he died, my uncle promised to return a photograph from him to his wife.  He later (after the war) found out that the wife had been killed too during the Civil War.  It breaks one's heart to hear such things...
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DAK-Rommel Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016
That's very interesting. Field medics usually see some very fucked up shit; you have to have a really strong stomach to deal with that job. Brave man.
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AdmiralMichalis Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016
Indeed, I have to ask my mother for the videos of when she asked him about the war near the end of his life - I was too young to remember.  
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So...your grandfather was a horse? 
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DAK-Rommel Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
What? No, he was a centaur, obviously. Cousin of the Minotaur in Crete, good guy; very friendly. Would have you for breakfast.
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DAK-Rommel Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016
Rofl, dem photoshop skills though. 
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6panzer6maiden6 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016
I work in a morgue, shocking I know ( and no I don't have sex or do anything sexual with the bodies, I feel like I have to put this in here since a certain teenager on this site always seems to be trying to get me to take photos of naked dead bodies. I'm sure you know who they are.) , and once a middle aged man came in with a the usual "midlife crisis hippie" thing going on, dyed ponytail, shorts and the normal hippie peace crap. He had died from a drug related death, not overdosed or anything but he was in an abandoned building/train yard doing hard drugs, I think I was a type of pcp, and he fell off this upper floor of this building and implied himself onto a metal concrete structure support thing, went right though him, tore out one of his lungs. The reason why I am saying this is because he had a big tattoo of a nude centaur lady thing on his cheat with a spike was going though her head. 
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DAK-Rommel Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016
Hah wow, this sounds like it's straight out of hollywood, I mean, what are the odds, right? Quite interesting.

So is that how you were inspired to make that edit or what? 

P.S. For the record: I don't know who you're talking about (the one who wants pictures of dead bodies) and I'm not sure I want to know.
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6panzer6maiden6 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016
Heh, it's not as Hollywoody as you might expect. A lot of the times its something simple such as cancer caused by smoking or old age and disease, however we do get some incredibility gory things. Last summer someone got ran over by a train and got sliced in half, they were in the middle of no where for a couple of days since the train driver thought he hit an animal and didn't check to see if it was a person or not. Because of the heat and that the body was their for s couple of days, the body has started decomposing and was slowly being eaten by maggots and wild animals.

Anyway, i wasn't inspired by that as much as you might expect. Although i will ad that a lot of my creations are a direct result of my morbid interest in death and weird biology and shit.

(And i'm sure you would know who wants to do stuff with corpses when you see them, its not exactly hard to miss)
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someone1fy Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
He was really a patriot!
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DAK-Rommel Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
Thank you :D
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someone1fy Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
^^
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elMengu Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
Hats off to this man. Were his decorations Greek or foreign?
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DAK-Rommel Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
Thank you very much

The medals I listed here are Greek, however some of them were lost during the civil war and we we don't have all of them, sadly. His cap was also stolen, along with his dress uniform and some other items.
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