Syntagma sq., Athens, Greece, 1943. Collaborationist Security Battalions were founded in 1943 by the Greek puppet government of Ioannis Rallis. They were supported by the extreme right and pro-Nazis, but also by some centrist politicians who were concerned about the dominance of ELAS (the military arm of the leftist National Liberation Front EAM) as the main body of the armed Greek resistance against triple Axis occupation (Germany, Italy, Bulgaria).
The hard-fighting Greek soldiers who participated in the defense of Crete were outfitted with a variety of uniforms and gear. Here they take a few moments in the company of an officer and a Greek civilian. Pin by Paolo Marzioli