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Ioannis Pitsikas (Greek: Ιωάννης Πιτσίκας, 1881–1975) was a Greek Army general active in World War II, who served as Mayor of Athens and twice in cabinet posts in interim governments post-war.

BiographyEdit

Pitsikas was born in 1881 in the village of Kallithea in Spercheiada. He became a career officer in the Greek Army after studies in the Hellenic Army Academy, and fought in the Balkan Wars and the Asia Minor Campaign. Trained as a staff officer in the 1920s, he served as CO of the 6th Infantry Division until 1935, and then, promoted to Lieutenant General, as CO of I Army Corps until 1940. With the outbreak of the Greco-Italian War, he assumed command of the Epirus Army Section (Τμήμα Στρατιάς Ηπείρου) on the Albanian front, and later of the Western Macedonia Army Section (Τμήμα Στρατιάς Δυτικής Μακεδονίας), which he led until the Greek Army's capitulation during the German invasion of Greece. In July 1943 he was arrested by the German occupation authorities along with a number of other senior generals, led by Alexander Papagos, for their contacts with the Allies in the Middle East, and transported to Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany. Released from captivity after the war's end, he served as Mayor of Athens in 1946–1950, Minister of National Defence in Dimitrios Kiousopoulos' caretaker government in 1952, and as Minister for Northern Greece in the caretaker cabinet of Konstantinos Dovas in 1961. He died in 1975.

SourcesEdit

  • Βιογραφική Εγκυκλοπαίδεια του Νεωτέρου Ελληνισμού 1830-2010, Vol. 3, pp. 196–197, Metron Publications
Preceded by

Aristeidis Skliros

Mayor of Athens

18 May 1946 – 17 August 1950

Succeeded by

Antonios Ragousis

Preceded by

Georgios Mavros

Minister for National Defence of Greece

11 October – 23 November 1952

Succeeded by

Alexander Papagos

Preceded by

Avgoustos Theologitis

Minister for Northern Greece

24 September – 4 November 1961

Succeeded by

Dionysios Manentis

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