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Life as a Greek Soldier 1941-1945

Mr John Nikolopoulos

ISBN 10: 1515345084 / ISBN 13: 9781515345084
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: Life as a Greek Soldier 1941-1945

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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John Nikolopoulos was born in Thessaloniki in 1924. He finished elementary school there and attended only five years of high school in Athens due to the outbreak of the Greek–Italian war. During the first months of the German–Italian occupation, he was an active member of an organisation which helped British soldiers trapped in Athens to escape. In September 1941, aged just 17, he set out on his journey to the Middle East from Piraeus, via the island of Samos. After an adventurous two-month trip, he arrived in Palestine where he enlisted in the Greek Army of the Middle East in Beit Lit/Kfar Iona camps. He served in active units (1st and 3rd Field Artillery Regiments) until 28 November 1945. He fought in El Alamein, Rimini, and, in December 1944, in Athens, as a soldier, and was promoted from Corporal to Sergeant to Sergeant Major. In the 1950s he emigrated to Cameroon, Africa. He married in 1954, in Athens, and in 1960 returned to Greece, where he became a businessman until his retirement in 2008. Whilst tidying up one of his storage rooms one day, he found a small package with photos and documents of his years as a soldier and, under pressure from his family to record the events he had lived through, he started to write this book, which he completed in December 2015. It can be divided into two parts: the first part is from the time of the declaration of war from Italy–Germany until 25.11.1945, when he was demobbed, and tells of the writer’s participation in the battles of El Alamein, Rimini and the December Battles in Athens in 1944; and the second part tells of events between 1946 and 1950.

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