On This Day August 26th, 1821 – Battle of Vasilika

On This Day August 26th, 1821 - Battle of Vasilika 1

Battle of Vasilika

During the 1st year of the Greek Revolution, Greeks took up arms to seek freedom all over the Greek inhabited lands.
But it would be in the Peloponnese, mainly, where Greeks saw early, decisive victories and made early gains.

After suppressing elements of the Greek Revolution up North in Macedonia and Epirus, the Turks turned South to subdue the Greeks in the Peloponnese. They sent 8000 men to join up with the other Turk.

Upon discovering the plans, Greek Revolutionaries numbering 2000 or so, organised a force to prevent the advance and confront these Turk re-enforcements.
They fought against each other in Vasilika, southeast of Lamia in Sterea Ellada.
The Greeks held the Turks back and inflicted over 1000 casualties (both dead and injured) to the Greeks, who suffered 40 losses (dead and wounded).
The Greek Victory here was one of the most decisive and vital of the entire Greek Revolution, preventing the Turks from entering the Peloponnese and relieving the greatly besieged Turkish forces there.

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