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
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
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
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
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
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
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.