25SEPArt Through the Ages II: Roupel Fort Trip
Art through the Ages II and World History 10
There is a canteen for students to buy snacks, but they are advised to bring their own water and lunch.
Who will go: Art through the Ages II and World History 10
When: Tuesday, the 25th of September
Departure: 8:45 am sharp! It’s a full day Trip.
Chaperones: Apostolos Rofaelas, Georgia Paliouris, Zoi Tsivlitidou, Amalia Spiliakou and Mina Morou
This trip is a collaboration between World History 10 (Dr. Apostolos Rofaelas) and Art through the Ages II (Mrs. Amalia Spiliakou). Students will visit Fort Rupel, the renowned 20th century Fort, a place of great historical importance for both WWI and WWII.
Built in 1914, Rupel was the new line of defense to repel an invasion into Greece from Bulgaria. The decision of King Constantine I of Greece, in May 25, 1916, to surrender Rupel to the German/Bulgarian forces, led to revolt, the Movement of National Defense set up in the city of Thessaloniki by former Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos, and the abdication of King Constantine I.
During WWI, some 950 Greek soldiers, under the command of Major George Douratsos of the 14th Division (Major-General Konstantinos Papakonstantinou) defended Fort Rupel, for 3 days. A German report at the end of the first day described how the German 5th Mountain Division "was repulsed in the Rupel Pass despite strongest air support and sustained considerable casualties". When they finally surrendered, the Germans expressing their admirations, declared that they were honored and proud to have as their adversary such an Army and requested that the Greek commandant inspect the German army in a demonstration of honor and recognition! The German flag was raised only after the complete withdrawal of the Greek Army.
Our students will visit the fortification galleries, the museum, the observatory, the memorial of fallen soldiers and the visitors’ pavilion. Our goal is for our students, as they will be guided in the Fort Galleries, to “experience” the moments of the WWII battle.