Leonidas Paraskevopoulos

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Leonidas Paraskevopoulos
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Leonidas Paraskevopoulos ca. 1920
Born7 October 1860 [1]
Died16 May 1936(1936-05-16) (aged 75)
AllegianceState flag of Greece (1863-1924;1935-73).svg  Greece
Service/branch Hellenic Army
Years of service18781920
Rank GR-Army-OF8-1912.svg Lieutenant General
Battles/wars Greco-Turkish War of 1897, Balkan Wars, First World War, Asia Minor Campaign

Leonidas Paraskevopoulos (Greek : Λεωνίδας Παρασκευόπουλος; 7 October 1860 – 16 May 1936) was a senior Greek military officer and politician. He played a major role in Greece's war effort during World War I, and was the commander-in-chief of the Greek Army of Asia Minor in 1919–20. In later life he was a member of the Greek Senate and served as its speaker in 1930–32.

Greek language language spoken in Greece, Cyprus and Southern Albania

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World War I 1914–1918 global war originating in Europe

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The Army of Asia Minor was the field army-level command controlling the Greek forces in Asia Minor (Anatolia) during the Greco-Turkish War of 1919–1922.


Leonidas Paraskevopoulos was born on 7 October 1860 on the island of Kythnos. [2] His family hailed from Smyrna, Asia Minor.

Kythnos Place in Greece

Kythnos is a Greek island and municipality in the Western Cyclades between Kea and Serifos. It is 56 nautical miles (104 km) from the harbor of Piraeus. The municipality Kythnos is 100.187 km2 (38.68 sq mi) in area and has a coastline of about 100 km (62 mi). It has more than 70 beaches, many of which are still inaccessible by road. Of particular note is the crescent-shaped isthmus of fine sand at Kolona.

Smyrna ancient city on the Aegean coast of Turkey

Smyrna was a Greek city dating back to antiquity located at a central and strategic point on the Aegean coast of Anatolia. Since 1930, the modern city located there has been known as İzmir, in Turkey, the Turkish rendering of the same name. Due to its advantageous port conditions, its ease of defense and its good inland connections, Smyrna rose to prominence. Two sites of the ancient city are today within the boundaries of İzmir. The first site, probably founded by indigenous peoples, rose to prominence during the Archaic Period as one of the principal ancient Greek settlements in western Anatolia. The second, whose foundation is associated with Alexander the Great, reached metropolitan proportions during the period of the Roman Empire. Most of the present-day remains of the ancient city date from the Roman era, the majority from after a 2nd-century AD earthquake.

He entered the Hellenic Army Academy and graduated in November 1881 as an Artillery 2nd Lieutenant. During the Greco-Turkish War of 1897, he served in the expeditionary corps sent to Crete under Colonel Timoleon Vassos. [2] During the First Balkan War of 1912–13, he initially served as the commander of the 2nd Field Artillery Regiment, but already at the Battle of Sarantaporo he was appointed with the supervision of the entire artillery establishment of the Army of Thessaly, a post he held until the capture of Thessaloniki. [2]

Crete The largest and most populous of the Greek islands

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Timoleon Vassos Greek general

Timoleon Vassos or Vasos was a Greek Army officer and general. He was born in Athens in 1836, the younger son of the hero of the Greek Revolution Vasos Mavrovouniotis. He studied at the Hellenic Army Academy and continued his studies in France before being appointed as aide de camp to King George I. In February 1897, as a colonel, he was sent at the head of an expeditionary force to Crete to assist the local Cretan revolt against the Ottoman Empire, an act which precipitated the outbreak of the Greco-Turkish War of 1897. He eventually reached the rank of major general and garrison commander of Athens. He died in Athens in October 1929.

First Balkan War 1910s war between the Balkan League and the Ottoman Empire

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He then succeeded Konstantinos Kallaris as commander of the 2nd Infantry Division, when the latter was transferred to the Epirus front. There again, however, he was after a few days appointed as Chief of Artillery of the Army of Epirus, playing a crucial role in the successful Battle of Bizani and the capture of Ioannina. [2] In April 1913 he was placed in command of the newly formed 10th Infantry Division, which he led during the Second Balkan War against Bulgaria, from the Battle of Dojran to the area of Pečkovo. [2]

Konstantinos Kallaris Greek army officer

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Epirus Historical region in Divided between Greece and Albania

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Battle of Bizani 1913 battle between Greek and Ottoman forces

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In World War I, Paraskevopoulos became commander of I Army Corps on the Strymon sector on the eastern flank of the Macedonian Front in 1917–18, before being appointed commander-in-chief of the Greek Army in October 1918. [2] After World War I, Paraskevopoulos took over direct command of the Greek forces that occupied Smyrna in 1919 in accordance with the Treaty of Sèvres. Under his command, the Hellenic Army successfully extended their occupation zone, from the greater Smyrna area, south to Aydin and north to Bursa.[ citation needed ]

I Army Corps (Greece)

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Macedonian Front part of the Balkans Theatre of WWI

The Macedonian Front, also known as the Salonica Front, was a military theatre of World War I formed as a result of an attempt by the Allied Powers to aid Serbia, in the fall of 1915, against the combined attack of Germany, Austria-Hungary and Bulgaria. The expedition came too late and in insufficient force to prevent the fall of Serbia, and was complicated by the internal political crisis in Greece. Eventually, a stable front was established, running from the Albanian Adriatic coast to the Struma River, pitting a multinational Allied force against the Bulgarian Army, which was at various times bolstered with smaller units from the other Central Powers. The Macedonian Front remained quite stable, despite local actions, until the great Allied offensive in September 1918, which resulted in the capitulation of Bulgaria and the liberation of Serbia.

Treaty of Sèvres

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With the electoral victory of the pro-royalist United Opposition in November 1920, he was dismissed on 25 November 1920. [2] After the end of the Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922), Paraskevopoulos entered politics. He was appointed to the Greek Senate in 1929 "on merit", and served as President of the Senate in 1930–32. He died on 16 May 1936 in Paris, France, aged 75.[ citation needed ]

The United Opposition was a coalition of anti-Venizelist Greek political parties for the elections of 1920.

Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922) war lasting from 1919 to 1922 during the Turkish War of Independence

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  1. Note: Greece officially adopted the Gregorian calendar on 16 February 1923 (which became 1 March). All dates prior to that, unless specifically denoted, are Old Style.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Παρασκευόπουλος Λεωνίδας". Μεγάλη Στρατιωτικὴ καὶ Ναυτικὴ Ἐγκυκλοπαιδεία. Tόμος Πέμπτος: Νάβα–Σαρακηνοί[Great Military and Naval Encyclopaedia. Volume V: Nave–Saracens] (in Greek). 5. Athens: Ἔκδοσις Μεγάλης Στρατιωτικῆς καὶ Ναυτικῆς Ἐγκυκλοπαιδείας. 1930. p. 260.
Military offices
Preceded by
Lt. General Panagiotis Danglis
Commander-in-chief of the Greek Army
October 1918 – 12 November 1920
Succeeded by
Lt. General Anastasios Papoulas
as Commander-in-chief of the Army of Asia Minor