20th Armored Division (Greece)

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XX Armored Division
XX Τεθωρακισμένη Μεραρχία
20th Armoured Division Emblem Greece.jpg
Emblem of the 20th Armored Division
Country Greece
Branch Hellenic Army
Type Armored
Size 3 Brigades
Part of IV Army Corps
Garrison/HQ Kavala, Macedonia
Motto In The Shade
Ypo Skii

The 20th Armored Division (Greek: XX Τεθωρακισμένη Μεραρχία, XX ΤΘΜ, XX Tethorakismeni Merarchia), is the only armored division of the Hellenic Army. It is headquartered in Kavala, Macedonia.


Locations of 20th Armored Division units
Structure of the 20th Armored Division
  • Division HQ Company (ΙΣ/ΧΧ ΤΘΜ)
  • 20th Signal Company (20ο ΛΔΒ)
  • 955th Military Police Company
  • Division Artillery Command (ΔΠΒ/ΧΧ ΤΘΜ)
  • 21st Armoured Brigade Emblem Greece.jpg 21st Armored Brigade, based at Komotini, Thrace
    • HQ Company (ΙΣ/ΧΧΙ ΤΘΤ)
    • 211 Armored Battalion (211η EMA)
    • 212 Armored Battalion (212η EMA)
    • 646th Mechanized Infantry Battalion (646ο M/K ΤΠ)
    • 140th Self Propelled Artillery Battalion (140η Μ Α/K ΠΒ)
    • 21st Engineer Company (21 ΛΜΧ)
    • 21st Signal Company (21 ΛΔΒ)
    • 21st Support Battalion (21 TYΠ)
  • 23rd Armoured Brigade Emblem Greece.jpg 23rd Armored Brigade, based at Alexandroupoli, Thrace
    • HQ Company (ΙΣ/ΧΧΙΙΙ ΤΘΤ)
    • 21st Armored Battalion (21η EMA)
    • 24th Armored Battalion (24η EMA)
    • 644th Mechanized Infantry Battalion (644ο M/K ΤΠ)
    • 138th Self Propelled Artillery Battalion (138η Μ Α/K ΠΒ)
    • 23rd Engineer Company (23ος ΛΜΧ)
    • 23rd Signal Company (23ος ΛΔΒ)
    • 23rd Support Battalion (23ο TYΠ)
  • 25th Armoured Brigade Emblem Greece.jpg 25th Armored Brigade, based at Xanthi, Thrace
    • HQ Company (ΙΣ/ΧΧV ΤΘΤ)
    • 22nd Armored Battalion (22η EMA)
    • 25th Armored Battalion (25η EMA)
    • 645th Mechanized Infantry Battalion (645ο M/K ΤΠ)
    • 139th Self Propelled Artillery Battalion (139η Μ Α/K ΠΒ)
    • 25th Engineer Company (25ος ΛΜΧ)
    • 25th Signal Company (25ος ΛΔΒ)
    • 25th Support Battalion (25ο TYΠ)

Emblem and motto[edit]

The emblem depicts a Centaur ready to fire an arrow. The body of the horse symbolizes strength and aggressiveness of armor/cavalry, and the human body symbolizes the soldier who controls the vehicle and directs the weapon.

The motto of the 20th Armored Division is "In The Shade" (Greek: Υπό σκιή, Ypo Skii). The phrase is attributed to the Spartan soldier Dienekes, who on the eve of the Battle of Thermopylae, was told by a native of Trachis that the Persian archers were so numerous that their arrows would block out the sun. Dienekes replied with a laugh, "Good. Then we will fight in the shade."

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