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15 August 1940: A day of infamy: Italians torpedo neutral Greek cruiser participating in the feast of the Virgin on Tinos

On 15 August 1940, during the feast of the Dormition of the Virgin, Greeks were celebrating the Most Venerated Mother of the Christ throughout the country. Nowhere was (and still is) the feast more auspicious than on the island of Tinos, where a famous “miraculous” icon is kept in a resplendid church. The Hellenic Navy, as always, had despatched one of its ablest ships the protected cruiser Elli to participate in the festivities and provide an honor guard for the procession of the icon.

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