Battle of Athens, Dec 1944-Jan 1945: British paras patrol on the perimeter of the Athens gas works. Fighting with communist guerrillas attempting to take over Greece was fierce. The British, and the forces of the Greek interim government, finally prevailed thanks to superior firepower and military tactics.
Battle of Athens, Greece, December 1944: Paras of the 2/5th Scottish Parachute Battalion, supported by tank, battle communist insurgents in the streets. With them are Greek gendarmes, one of whom, on the left, is wearing a German helmet.
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Battle of Athens, Dec 44-Jan 45. Greek gendarmes (right) advance as British BREN light machine gun element provides cover. Vicious fighting with the communist insurgents destroyed large parts of the city.