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On September 14th Poulos and his men entered Yiannitsa. First to arrive was Sergeant Schubert and his Schubertiani, who immediately killed a town clerk with clubs and iron bars. What followed next was described by professor Mark Mazower in a recent study about the German occupation of Greece:
"By the time Poulos appeared, in Greek army uniform, six other men had been battered to death. Poulos simply made a short speech to the terrified civilians, and left again. By mid-afternoon many more people had been murdered, among them a woman who worked as an interpreter for the German commander. The final death toll amounted to at least seventy-five, not including people who were shot at random as they worked in their fields. Poulos's men took the victim's clothe's [sic], shoes, money and valuables, and burned many houses....As soon as the paramilitaries drove away, the survivors fled into the countryside. Wenger, a Swiss Red Cross worker, arrived in the town two days later, and found himself in a 'dead city'....... Wenger finally caught up with Poulos at his heavily fortified heaquarters in the village of Krya-Vrysi just outside of Salonika. He found the stocky colonel in a combative mood. Poulos told Wenger to take his complaints to the andartes, who were responsible for 'the entire situation'. He showed no remorse, and made his low opinion of the Red Cross clear."
The photo showing Tagma Leonidas or Poulos Verband, is a little controversial. Greek sources describe it as Tagma "Leonidas" and Slovenia (National Museum) as "Poulos Verband"
''X'' wrote:As far as war crimes are concerned ,the violence of both sides was beyond limits.After the Battle of Kilkis ELAS murdered more than 3000 opponents in cold blood while the EES volunteers would not hesitate to shoot villagers even with the suscpison of being an ELAS sympathizers.
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