Battle of Ptolemaida

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Battle of Ptolemaida
Part of the Battle of Greece
Date 13 April 1941
Location Ptolemaida area, Greece
Result German victory
Belligerents
 United Kingdom
 Australia
 New Zealand
 Nazi Germany
Commanders and leaders
United Kingdom Brig. H.V.S. Charrington Nazi Germany Alfred Ritter von Hubicki
Casualties and losses
German claim:
80 tanks destroyed or abandoned
2 self-propelled AT guns[1]
British claim:
30 tanks and guns lost[2]
German claim:
4 tanks destroyed[3]
10 wounded[4]
British claim:
8 tanks destroyed[5]

The Battle of Ptolemaida refers to two distinct engagements, the first around the village of Sotir north of Ptolemaida and the second around the village of Proasteion south of Ptolemaida, both fought on 13 April 1941 during the German invasion of Greece. These battles were delaying actions fought by Allied units under the overall command of the British 1st Armoured Brigade against the German 9th Panzer Division, to cover the Allied withdrawal from their positions at Klidi and Mt. Vermion toward the new defensive line of Mt.Olympus - river Aliakmon - Mt. Siniatsikon.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Η Γερμανική Εκστρατεία Εις Την Ελλάδα, απόδοσις Γεωργίου Γαζή, Αθήναι 1961, page 241, [Greek translation of German original: Der Deutsche Griechenland Feldzug, Alex Büchner, Kurt Vowinckel Verlag, Heidelberg 1957]
  2. ^ Το Τέλος Μιας Εποποιίας, ΔΙΣ, Αθηναι 1959, page 53
  3. ^ Η Γερμανική Εκστρατεία Εις Την Ελλάδα, απόδοσις Γεωργίου Γαζή, Αθήναι 1961, page 241, [Greek translation of German original: Der Deutsche Griechenland Feldzug, Alex Büchner, Kurt Vowinckel Verlag, Heidelberg 1957]
  4. ^ Η Γερμανική Εκστρατεία Εις Την Ελλάδα, απόδοσις Γεωργίου Γαζή, Αθήναι 1961, page 241, [Greek translation of German original: Der Deutsche Griechenland Feldzug, Alex Büchner, Kurt Vowinckel Verlag, Heidelberg 1957]
  5. ^ Το Τέλος Μιας Εποποιίας, ΔΙΣ, Αθηναι 1959, page 53