General Alexandros (Alexander) Papagos
Alexandros Papagos, born in 1883, was a
Greek General who led the Greek army in the Greco-Italian War. He also later led stages of the Greek Civil War and eventually
became the country’s prime Minister. He died in 1955.
in the Brussels Military Academy and the Cavalry School at Ypres, joining the Hellenic army in 1906 as a Cavalry Lieutenant.
When he was Captain he held several staff positions as well as taking part in the Siege of Yannina and fighting in Macedonia
from November 12, until March 1913. Papagos was a confirmed royalist so when the King was deposed in 1917, he was dismissed
from the army along with many other officers. He was later recalled after the return of King Constantine in 1920.
1927-1931: Commanding Officer of Larissa Cavalry Brigade
1933-1935: Inspector-General of Cavalry
1936-1940: Chief General Staff
1940-1941: Commander in Chief of the Army
1941-1945: Prisoner of War
1949-1951: Commander in Chief of Armed Forces
1952-1955: Prime Minister
May of 1951 he resigned from the Greek Army so that he could become more involved in politics. Alexandros founded the Greek
Rally modeled after De Gaulle’s Rassemblement du Peuple Francais and won the September elections with 36.53 percent
of the vote. This was mainly due to his huge popularity. Despite this victory, Papagos was not able to form a government on
this majority, and had to wait until the November 1952 elections to come around. Here, his party tallied and impressive 49
percent of the popular vote gaining 239 out of 300 seats in Parliament.