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
ΥΠΟ ΣΚΙΗ
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.

Organization[edit]

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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