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  1. Mandoum says

    Footage from the departure of the first units of the venizelist army organised by the National Defense provisional greek government in Thessaloniki (Salonika), after King Constantine refused to commit his country to either side of world war I combattants. The allied forces in a display of 19th c. style gunboat policy, landed troops at Athens after an intensive bombardment and blackmailed the installation of the venizelist government. Venizelos ruled with dictatorial powers until he suddenly decided in 1920, and in the midst of the Asia Minor campaign, to carry out elections which he subsequently lost. Why he did so is still a matter of historical debate.

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