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May 30, 2014

27 Black and White Photos of Greek Civil War in the 1940s

The Greek Civil War was fought from 1946-49 between the Greek government army—backed by the United Kingdom and the United States—and the Democratic Army of Greece, the military branch of the Greek Communist Party, backed by the USSR, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, and Albania.

It was the result of a highly polarized struggle between leftists and rightists that started in 1943 and targeted the power vacuum that the German-Italian occupation during World War II had created. One of the first conflicts of the Cold War, according to some analysts it represents the first example of postwar North European and North American involvement in the internal politics of a foreign country.

Steel-helmeted Elas troops use a corner building as a shelter as they fire at police headquarters during a civil uprising in Athens. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). 1944

Greek government commandos near Karpenisi, equipped with British berets and American fur-trimmed jackets. (Photo by Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Getty Images). 22nd May 1948

A sentry on guard on Mount Likebetos, overlooking the city of Athens. Military forces were employed to guard the city against possible attacks from communist paratrooper guerrillas. (Photo by Chris Ware/Keystone/Getty Images). 1947

Refugee children in a filthy cellar at Piraeus during the Greek Civil War. (Photo by Haywood Magee/Picture Post/Getty Images). 1st November 1947

Greek National Guards bring prisoners from guerilla-occupied territory to Drama in northern Greece. (Photo by Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Getty Images). 22nd May 1948

A Home Guard at Goumenissa, Macedonia, after an Andartes raid during the Greek Civil War. (Photo by Haywood Magee/Picture Post/Getty Images). August 1947

The Greek army opening fire on guerrilla troops during the Greek Civil War. (Photo by Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Getty Images). 22nd May 1948

A group of soldiers loading a wounded man on a stretcher into a van during the Greek Civil War. (Photo by Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Getty Images). 22nd May 1948

A Greek soldier surveys the surrounding mountainside from his tank during the Greek Civil War. (Photo by Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Getty Images). 22nd May 1948

A pair of Greek soldiers make contact with their troops on a field radio during the Greek Civil War. (Photo by Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Getty Images). 22nd May 1948

A Greek commando soldier, wearing a fur-collared jacket supplied by the Americans, waits for a guerrilla target to emerge during the Greek Civil War. (Photo by Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Getty Images). 22nd May 1948

During the Greek Civil War, government troops are instructed to cease travelling and fortify their position during the night, when the guerrilla army is more likely to attack. The last transport of the night makes its way along a lonely mountain road. (Photo by Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Getty Images). 22nd May 1948

An old Greek woman takes her most precious possession, a calf, loads it onto her donkey and heads away from the battle zone during the Greek Civil War. (Photo by Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Getty Images). 22nd May 1948


A band of Greek army commandos on the move during the Greek Civil War. (Photo by Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Getty Images). 1948

A Greek woman checks in with the village patrol for the evening curfew during the Greek Civil War. (Photo by Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Getty Images). 22nd May 1948

Greek commander General Vadzis holds a conference with General Van Fleet (centre) of the US and Major-General Down (left) of Britain during the Greek Civil War. The interest of the western powers in the conflict lies mainly in preventing the communist forces of Albania, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia from gaining a stronghold in Greece. (Photo by Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Getty Images). 22nd May 1948

A Greek soldier keeps his machine gun at the ready, on the lookout for guerrilla troops during the Greek Civil War. (Photo by Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Getty Images). 22nd May 1948

A truck carries a band of government soldiers along a rocky mountain pass during the Greek Civil War. (Photo by Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Getty Images). 22nd May 1948

Monarchist soldiers armed with a machine gun guarding a mountain garrison at Karpenisi during the Greek Civil War. (Photo by Bert Hardy/Getty Images). 1948

A mule train carrying ammunition near Papades on Euboia during the Greek Civil War. (Photo by Bert Hardy/Getty Images). 1948

Officers plan the assault on Mount Kiapha at Mount Lyoku during the Greek Civil War, while a Greek Orthodox priest drinks coffee. Each brigade has a chaplain who travels with them. (Photo by Federico Patellani/Getty Images). 1947

One exhausted guerrilla fighter surrenders to the Greek army during the Greek Civil War. (Photo by Bert Hardy/Getty Images). 1948

Greek regular soldiers search a peasant and his wife for arms, which are being smuggled to the Andartes rebels during the Greek Civil War. (Photo by Haywood Magee/Picture Post/Getty Images). October 1947

Greek soldiers climbing ropes during training by British officers in the Greek civil war. (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images). 1947

A class of recruits in the technical training wing of a Greek training centre are given advice from a British instructor during the civil war. (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images). 1947





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