Military of Greece

HNDGS "Hellenic National Defense General Staff" (GEETHA)

Military of Greece

Minister of Defence: Vangelis Meimarakis

    • Chief-of-Staff of the Army — Αρχηγός Γ.Ε.Σ. The current Chief-of-Staff of the Army is Lt. Gen. Dimitrios Grapsas.
    • Inspector General of the Army — Γενικός Επιθεωρητής. Στρατού. The current IG is Lt. Gen. Stylianos Kalfelis.
    • 1st Deputy Chief-of-Staff of the Army — A' Υπαρχηγός Γ.Ε.Σ. The current 1st Deputy Chief-of-Staff is Lt. Gen. Ioannis Michaloliakos.
    • 2nd Deputy Chief-of-Staff of the Army — Β' Υπαρχηγός Γ.Ε.Σ. The current 2nd Deputy Chief-of-Staff is Lt. Gen. Dimitris Lampadakis

20 May 1825, Battle at Maniaki, Panagiotis Zografos, Papaflessas and his men against an Egyptian army of Ibrahim Pasha


Greek War of Independence

Naval battles

Greek : Ελληνικός στόλος - 1821

Battle of Navarino

Fire ships

Papamalekos and other Cretan fighters, Cretan Revolution

Equipment of the Hellenic Air Force

Equipment of the Hellenic Army

Hellenic Navy Ships

Greek destroyer Hydra (D 97)

Greek destroyer Spetsai (D 98)

Greek destroyer Kountouriotis (D 99)

Greek: Ελληνικός στόλος - 1940

Greek military ranks


George Sirian

George Dilboy American Hero, a Greek from Smyrna

Wilhelm Leopold Colmar Freiherr von der Goltz , German military expert who organized the Ottoman Army against the Greeks

Pavlos Melas

Konstantinos Smolenskis

Michail Moutousis, military pilot

Alexandros Karamanlakis (+ end of August.1912 near Stomio/ Evrostina)

Nikolaos Votsis, destroyed with a torpedo 18.10.1912 the Turkish corvette "Fetih-i-Bulend" (turkish word for "good victory") in the harbour of Thessaloniki

SPIROS STEVE PISANOS , “The Flying Greek”(Σπύρος Πίσανος )

Vassilis 'Vass' Vassiliades (1920-1945)

Air War in Greece 1940-41

The Greek PZL fighters

List of Air Aces (Greece), 1941 - 45

Nike-Hercules, an American surface-to-air missile named after Greek Mythology characters, used by the Greek army

A photo of the NATO missile range on the Island of Crete taken on the Hipar radar tower in 1969.

Photograph taken at the Crete missile range, second to the last launch by the 118th, Royal Dutch Air Force Squadron in 1987.

Images of Ships and Information about the Hellenic Navy (WWII)


Charles Moskos

Cost of Military in Greece:

1988 : 1 355 millions Euro
1992 : 2 452 millions Euro
1995 : 3 438 millions Euro
2000 : 5 921 millions Euro
2003 : 6 309 millions Euro

Evzones in the Syntagma Square , before the tomb of the unknown soldier. Their shoes (tsarouhia) each 3 kg have 60 nails on the sole. They carry clothes with the symbols "Chi", "O" for Christian Orthodox. Some say that the long black tassel of their cap symbolizes the tears of Jesus Christ on the cross.


Greek Troops

Women support of the soldiers, poster of the artist Vasso Katraki, "Panagia with him"

Alexandros Alexandrakis paintings

Modern Sacred Band (Ιερός Λόχος) during WW II (Probably without intention 2 men are shown, it was not an "Army of Lovers" like in ancient Thebes ). The Sacred Band symbol includes an inscription "I tan i epi tas" ( Either come back with [your shield], or on it)


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