• Short Summary

    In Athens battle-scarred Makriviannis Gendarmerie barracks - centre of the fierce 1944-45 month-long Communist uprising - King Paul of Greece and his son, Crown Prince Constantine, attended a memorial service, Dec 10, to the thousands killed in the city by communist fores 15 years ago.

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    In Athens battle-scarred Makriviannis Gendarmerie barracks - centre of the fierce 1944-45 month-long Communist uprising - King Paul of Greece and his son, Crown Prince Constantine, attended a memorial service, Dec 10, to the thousands killed in the city by communist fores 15 years ago.

    The prelate of All Greece and Athens, Archbishop Theoklitos, conducted the service. Most of Greece's military leaders attended the ceremony.

    52,098 civilians and 888 troops and police were killed by Communist revolutionaries between Dec 6, 1944, and Jan.5, 1945. After this bitter disturbance in the capital a national plebiscite was held to determine whether the country wished for the return of the monarchy. It did, and King George II returned to the Greek Throne.

    Between 1945 and 1947 there were sporadic cutbursts by Communist guerillas, and in 1947 open warfare recommenced. It was not until mid-1949 that the Greek Royal forces finally and decisively overwhelmed the rebels and restored order throughout the country.

    The Greek Communist Party has been outlawed ever since.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC0UH3CBDKRU811X699QBZ1ZTU
    Media URN:
    VLVAC0UH3CBDKRU811X699QBZ1ZTU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/12/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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