Greek Community Annual Anzac Day lecture by Tom Tsamouras and former NT Minister and MP Peter Toyne.
The Battle of Vevi and the Lost Anzacs. The Anzacs were reformed for the second and last time in history for the first Battle in Greece in WW2 facing the advancing Nazi military machine 76 years ago
The first action during the Second World War on Greek soil between the German and Hellenic forces was on the little village of Vevi in the municipality of Florina.
This began on 11th April 1941 and marked the first of numerous clashes during which Hellenic and ANZAC forces fought side by side! After the “Battle of Vevi”, a small number of soldiers from the two Australian battalions that fought there, were reported missing in action and their bodies have never been found.
Information by locals to Australian Brigadier Keith Rossi in 1981 about the possible grave site of these missing men has led to many people from Greece and Australia researching about the possible grave site of their remains. Tom Tsamouras, a school teacher from Newcastle and Peter Toyne, former MP from the NT, are two researches who have spent years trying to locate the resting place of these men.