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Battle of Skra di Legen
Part of World War I
Lieutenant General Emmanouil Zymvrakakis (right) with his Chief of Staff.
DateMay 29–31, 1918
LocationSkra, Greece
Result Allied victory
Allies Central Powers
Commanders and leaders
Greece Emmanouil Zymvrakakis Bulgaria ?
Greece: 5 regiments from 3 divisions,
France: one brigade
Bulgaria: 1 brigade
Casualties and losses
441 killed
164 missing
2,227 wounded[1]
600 killed,
2,313 taken prisoner (incl. wounded)
35 machine guns and other materiel captured

The Battle of Skra di Legen (Skora di Legen) was a two-day battle which took place at the Skra fortified position, located northeast of Mount Paiko, which is north of Thessaloniki, on May 29–30, 1918, on the Macedonian front of World War I. The battle was the first large-scale employment of Greek troops on the front, and resulted in the capture of the heavily fortified Bulgarian position.

The Allied force comprised three Greek divisions under Lieutenant General Emmanouil Zymvrakakis plus one French brigade. The three Greek divisions included the Archipelago Division under Major General Dimitrios Ioannou, the Crete Division under Major General Panagiotis Spiliadis, and the Serres Division under Lieutenant Colonel Epameinondas Zymvrakakis. The 5th and 6th Regiments from the Archipelago Division were in the centre, the 7th and 8th Regiments from the Crete Division were on the right flank and the 1st Regiment of the Serres Division was on the left flank.

External links


  • Source Records of the Great War, Vol. VI, ed. Charles F. Horne, National Alumni 1923
  • Grigorios Dafnis, Sofoklis Eleftheriou Venizelos (Athens: Ikaros, 1970) pp. 44–47.


  1. article:"Η Μάχη του Σκρα Ντι Λέγκεν", Στρατιωτική Ιστορία journal, no. 69, May 2002

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