Hence, we will not say that Greeks fight like heroes, but that heroes fight like Greeks.

Marshal Alexander Papagos was a Greek Field Marshal who led the Hellenic army during World War Two.

Papagos was appointed as the ground force commander of Greece in the Battle of Greece, in which the Greek army succeeded in defending their motherland from the Fascist Italian Army and driving the Italian troops back into Albania.

Tough the Greek lost the battle after German intervention, they managed to put on a decent fight lasting 24 days with bravery which was praised by Winston Churchill and even the Nazis. Then Papagos retrieved the Greek army onto Crete Island and continued his struggle against Nazis and Italians, which also made great impact on Axis troops, even slowing down the step of Operation Barbarossa. After WW2, Papagos led the final victory of government force over Greek Communist Guerrillas and was elected as the president of Greece in 1951.

Presently, the Athens suburb of Papagou, where the Greek Ministry of Defence is located, is named after him to honor his achievements.

Battle vs. Josip Broz Tito (By Battlefan237)

Josip Broz Tito : Red.png x 10

Alexander Papagos : Teal.png x 10

Northern Albania Border, 1943, alternated timeline

A truck with several people dressed in local fashion but spoke with heavy accents on board pulled over at the patrol station outside the town where the Hellenic Army had just took over from the Italians.

The Greek soldier at guard, who was grew suspicious of the content of those large boxes on the truck, went on to check them. The truck driver made an attempt to stop him, the soldier shrugged him off and went straight for the box. Realizing his efforts were in vain, drew out an NR-40 combat knife from his pocket and stabbed the soldier in the backTeal.png.

Witnessing his friend getting killed, the other soldier took aim with his Mannlicher rifle and pumped a shot into the driver, causing him to fall overRed.png.

Other passengers on the truck , who turned out to be a group Yugoslavian Partisans led by Tito, opened fire with Ruby pistols and M1924 rifles, instantly riddled the soldier with bloody holesTeal.png.

Two other Greek soldiers that were in charge of the machine gun let out a string of deadly ammo roars from the Bren, hurling one of the Partisan over the box, while seriously injured anotherRed.png.

Tito sheltered himself behind the truck, and tossed a Model 24 Grenade towards the machine gun. The bomb landed right next to the machine gunpoint, blasting out the spot. Immediately up flown the body parts and segments of the machine gun into the skyTeal.pngTeal.png.

Regardless of the loss of comrades, Tito ordered the rest to drive on so that they could accomplish their original mission--assassinating the leader of the occupational force in this town. Little did they realize that it was not Italian forces they were facing, but the Hellenic Army from the south.

Meanwhile, in the town center, Papagos and his fellow men rested in a bar. They chatted with ease and relax, with no idea of the massacre took place in the patrol station a few minutes ago. It was also clear that they had not yet visualized the fact that they were in the center of a death trap set by Partisan forces that mistook them as Italians. The bar owner and several other guests present at the scene were all Partisans in disguise.

Suddenly a soldier sensed something out of ordinary. Two customers sitting nearby constantly glanced at Marshal Papagos on purpose, while they kept whispering to each other in a low voice, and acted sneakily as if they didn't want them to notice their uncommon behaviors. The soldier walked up to the two men, while all in a sudden one of the man frowned and quickly put his hand towards his pocket.

The soldier immediately did the same, both drew out their pistols and fired, but the Ruby was slightly faster and shot the soldier four times on the chest and soldierTeal.png. Papagos got up and fired his Nagant on the forehead of the man, killing him instantlyRed.png. The other man wanted to shoot back, but another Greek sprayed him down from the back with his Sten. Other customers began to scream and scatter, while the bar owner silently turned back into the kitchen and open the cupboard, revealing a PPSh-41 hidden inside.

During the bar owner's absence, all the other Partisans revealed their identities and went on shooting spree with their pistols and rifles. Due to the lack of training, most of them were just blind-firing at random spots, while Papagos and his men managed to take aim carefully with Nagant and rifles under tables and chairs, shooting a Partisan on the crotch as well as raining down another with StenRed.pngRed.png. The final partisan fled from the back door while the Greeks were in hot pursuit.

At this very moment, the bar owner rushed out of the kitchen door and roared out his Soviet killing tool, sending a Greek soldier flying over the oven while raining down another out of the windowTeal.pngTeal.png.

Papagos and his last two men once again turned two tables and chairs for help. However one of them who had grenades in hand rolled a Breda M35 to the kitchen. The bar owner was a hot-headed man that had devoted himself to spraying, so he took little notice of the strange rolling sound, until he saw the grenade located at his feet. Hardly did he have time to figure out what the hell had happened when the bomb went of and teared him apartRed.png.

Papagos led his final men to chase the escaped partisan. When the rushed out of the bar, they saw the partisan standing on the opposite side of the street and gazing around as if he had been waiting for someone else. A Greek soldier immediately went for the Partisan, but the Partisan took out his pistol. Scarcely did the partisan realize he was out of ammo when the Greek soldier took him down with his StenRed.png.

The soldier turned back to signal Papagos that everything went right, but a truck suddenly ran towards him and crashed into the poor man, sending him a few feet away. The soldier pointed at the truck and wanted to scold the driver for his amateur way of driving, but he didn't get that chance. Tito opened the box on the truck and revealed the VZ.24 hidden inside and sprayed down the soldierTeal.png.

While Tito and his two men were busy turning the machine gun around, the last Greek soldier took chance pumping a Partisan in the chest with his rifle, only to expose himself in the bullet rain and get wastedRed.pngTeal.png.

Papagos quickly edged himself back into the bar and hid himself behind the remain of the counter. Tito and his last men entered the bar, believing that victory was theirs.

Tito went searching inside the kitchen, while the last Partisan was left in charge of the room. He went for the front door and found nobody running outside.In this way, he realized that Papagos must be hiding somewhere inside this bar. He kicked over a pile of broken tables and chairs, revealing dead bodies of his comrades.

All in a sudden, he saw a Greek army helmet swinging out of the counter. He turned to it and shot out the five remaining rounds of his ruby. Then he grabbed up a table leg and went for the spot. As he leaned down over the counter, a pair of hands emerged and clutched at his neck, followed by a bayonet stabRed.png.

"AHHHH!" Screamed the partisan. Tito came out of the kitchen with M24 rifle in hand, only to receive blows from the PPSh-41 rifle dropped on the ground by the dead bar owner.

Tito tumbled back and fell onto the kitchen table, as he gasped out streams of bloods. The Yugoslavian Revolutionist met his end as the prey of weapons carried by his own menRed.png.

Papagos, who had picked up the discarded PPSh-41 for defense, finally sighed in relief and sorrow. Losing all of his men, he felt sorry and painful for his Hellenic motherland. However, finally defeating the enemy, the field marshal shouted "Victory" in Greek to revenge for his fallen fellowmen before going out and contacting Hellenic army base outside the town for help.

Winner : Alexander Papagos.

Expert's Opinion

Though Tito has better weapons and is a master of guerrilla tactics, the fact that his men are mostly local residents and farmers who are lack of t training pulls him back in this fight. While on the other hand, Papagos and his men were all professional soldiers who have made great impact on both Germans and Communist guerrillas like Tito . In this way, Papagos gets the upper hand in this fight ! 

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