General George Zoetakis, the Regent of Greece, attended a special service at the Makriyianni Barracks, Athens, on Thursday (December 3) in memory of the pro-monarchists who died in the 1944 civil war.
GV Makriyianni barracks
MV Officials arriving
SCU Police and Gendarmerie chiefs wait Regent's arrival
SCU Official arrives
SV Archbishop arrives
SV Regent out of car
SV Regent salutes flag
GV Army officers
SV Orthodox prelates conduct service
GV Ceremony (3 shots)
GV Departure of officials
Initials PAF/PN/VC/1610 PAF/PN/VC/1700
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Background: General George Zoetakis, the Regent of Greece, attended a special service at the Makriyianni Barracks, Athens, on Thursday (December 3) in memory of the pro-monarchists who died in the 1944 civil war. Relatives of those who died in the fighting at Makriyianni Barracks attended the service with members of the Government, members of the Orthodox Hierarchy and Military representatives.
The Makriyianni Gendarmerie Barracks battle was considered the turning point in the civil war. The fighting on December 3, 1944, prevented the left-wing Greek resistance army, ELAS, from taking Athens. Hundreds of security forces men died in the fighting.
The civil war erupted in 1944 between the ELAS -- the guerrilla army of EAM, the central committee of the Greek resistance which had fought against the Nazi Germany invasion of 1941 -- and the 'X-bands' of the pro-monarchist General Zervas. British troops supporting the pro-monarchist side landed in Greece in 1944 and stayed until 1950.