1st Infantry Division (Greece)
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|I Infantry Division
I Μεραρχία Πεζικού
Emblem of the I Infantry Division
|Part of||II Army Corps|
|Motto||(Like The) Wind
|Engagements||First Balkan War, Second Balkan War, Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922), Greco-Italian War, Battle of Greece, Greek Civil War|
The 1st Infantry Division(Greek: I Μεραρχία Πεζικού I Merarchia Pezikou, I ΜΠ for short) is an elite division of the Hellenic Army. It was founded in 1897 and is currently headquartered in Veroia, Macedonia. Despite its title, it is not a conventional infantry division, but a formation comprising the various special forces of the Hellenic Army, a role similar to that once held by the now disbanded 3rd Special Forces Division.Before turned into a special forces division,its men mainly came from Thessalia.
- I Infantry Division(I ΜΠ), based at Veroia, Macedonia
- 1st Signal Battalion (1ο TΔΒ)
- Division HQ Company (ΛΣ/Ι ΜΠ)
- 1st Raider/Paratrooper Brigade, based at Rentina, Macedonia
- 13th Special Operations Command, based in and around Athens, Attica
- 32nd Marines Brigade, based at Volos, Thessaly
- 71st Airmobile Infantry Brigade, based at Nea Santa, Macedonia
- 1st Army Aviation Brigade, based at Stefanovikio, Thessaly
Emblem and Motto
The emblem depicts a tsarouhi, the traditional footwear of the Evzones, and a bayonet.
The motto of the I Infantry Division is "(Like The) Wind" (Greek: Αέρα, Aera), the traditional battle cry of Greek infantrymen when attacking the enemy.
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