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Hellenic (Greek) Army Uniforms, WW2

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  • October 28, 1940
    Thank you grandpa!
  • Subjugation? Just say NO!

         Life itself leads us to make some very tough choices. Presently in Greece, most of us are experiencing very hard times. Complete subjugation to the IMF is imminent... or not?

         I think that, once more, we have to make one of those tough choices!
         This anniversary, a reminder, that freedom, is and has always been an idea worth fighting for!
         The following plates, part of several illustrations in my portfolio published in military history books and magazines, present Greek Army military uniform through that period (1940-1941) tribute to our forefathers, who had to make theirs, to resist (
    Greece in World War Two (1940-1944)
    The Greco-Italian War
         Italian Army invaded Greece on 28 October 1940. The Greek Army successfully defeated the initial attack and the counterattack of March 1941. That victory of Greece over Italy, is considered the first victory of the Allies since the beginning of the War II. 
    The Operation Marita
         The Battle of Greece (also known as Operation Marita, German: Unternehmen Marita) is the common name for the invasion of Greece by Germany in April 1941. It followed the Greco-Italian War.
    It is usually distinguished from the Battle of Crete that came after mainland Greece had been subdued.
    These operations were part of the greater Balkans Campaign of Germany in World War II.
         When Operation Marita began on 6 April, the bulk of the Greek army was on the Albanian border, from which the Italians were trying to enter Greece. German troops invaded through Bulgaria, creating a second front.
         Greece had already received a small reinforcement from British Commonwealth forces in anticipation of the German attack but no more help was sent after the invasion began.
         The Greek army found itself vastly outnumbered in its effort to defend against both Italian and German troops. As a result, the Bulgarian defensive line did not receive adequate troop reinforcements and was quickly overrun by the Germans who then outflanked the Greek forces in the Albanian borders, forcing their surrender.
         The British Commonwealth forces then performed a tactical retreat with an ultimate goal of evacuation. The German army reached the city of Athens on 27 April and Greece's southern shore on April 30 1941, capturing 7,000 British Commonwealth forces and ending the battle to their complete victory.
         The conquest of Greece was completed with the capture of Crete a month later. Following its conquest, Greece was occupied by military forces of Germany, Italy, and Bulgaria.

  • Artillery 2nd Lieutenant in winter service dress with brown leather "Sam Browne" belt.
    (Digital painting after a photograph of reserve officer Pan. Mylonas, presented to his son Yiannis)

  • Infantry Colonel in winter service dress with M1933 steel helmet, ammunition pouch, holster and pistol.
    (Digital painting)
  • Medical Corps 1st Lieutenant in OR service dress with M1908/1937 tunic issued to all reserve officers.
    (Digital painting on a mixed media painting on Schoeller DIN A3 paper after a photograph)
  • Cavalry 1st Lieutenant in winter service dress with short coat M1908 issued to regular officers.(Mixed media painting on Schoeller DIN A3 paper after a photograph)
  • Artillery Major Ioannis Paparodou, an extreme sports athlete, Greek Army skier battalion.
    A rare example of an officer in special winter service dress issued to all troops of the unit(Mixed media painting on Schoeller DIN A3 paper after a photograph)
  • An Officer with special winter cloth worn over his great coat (issued to all Other Ranks' personnel).Wearing OR items, has been common practice among regular and reserve officers of the Greek Army serving at the front line mainly for safety reasons. The aftermath of World War I.(Mixed media painting on Schoeller DIN A3 paper after a photograph)
  • An Artillery sergeant wearing leather jerkin over his OR winter service dress with side cap, brown leather "Sam Browne" belt (privilege of rank for regular NCOs). Leather leggings were issued to all mounted personnel to be worn with ankle boots.(Mixed media painting on Schoeller DIN A3 paper after a photograph)
  • Infantry lance corporal in full battle order displaying standard kit.Collar patches were usually removed, both for security and low visibility.
    (Digital composition)
  • An Infantry private of the 'Evzone' Rifles displaying khaki over coat and full equipment, but with several items of the traditional characteristic 'Evzone' dress outfit omitted.These crack troops, fought as combat infantry formations for the last time in their long history, limited to Royal/Presidential Guard duties ever since.
    (Mixed media painting on Schoeller DIN A3 paper)
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