Aristotelis Vlachopoulos

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Aristotelis Vlachopoulos
Born 1866[1]
Corfu
Died 1960
Athens
Allegiance Greece Kingdom of Greece
Service/branch Hellenic Army
Years of service 1887–1917, 1920–28
Rank GR-Army-OF8-1912.svg Lieutenant General
Wars Greco-Turkish War of 1897, Balkan Wars, Greco-Turkish War of 1919–22
Awards Cross of Valour in Gold[2]

Aristotelis Vlachopoulos (Greek: Αριστοτέλης Βλαχόπουλος, 1866–1960) was a Greek Army officer who rose to the rank of lieutenant general and served as Chief of the Hellenic Army General Staff in 1920–21.

Life[edit]

He was born in Corfu in 1866. He entered the Hellenic Army Academy and graduated on 12 August 1887 as an artillery second lieutenant. Promoted to lieutenant in 1892, he fought in the Greco-Turkish War of 1897 as a battery commander. He was subsequently appointed to the Army Staff Service, and served in it until 1913, being promoted to captain (1902), major (1910) and lieutenant colonel (1912).[2] In May 1914 he was placed as military attache to the Greek embassy to Serbia (then bound to Greece with a defensive alliance), returning in August 1915 to assume the direction of the Army Academy. Due to the mobilization ordered in September 1915, when Greek PM Eleftherios Venizelos prepared to come to Serbia's aid against the Austrian attack, the Academy was dismissed and Vlachopoulos was placed in command of the V Army Corps at Patras. During the National Schism, he sided with King Constantine I against Venizelos. He remained at Patras until May 1917, when he returned to head the Army Academy. After King Constantine's forced exile in June and the assumption of leadership by Venizelos, Vlachopoulos was suspended from active service and forcibly retired.[2]

Following the Venizelist electoral defeat in November 1920, he was recalled to active duty and placed as Chief of the Army Staff Service. Soon, however, he requested and received a transfer to an operational command in Asia Minor, where he commanded the III Army Corps (January–May 1921) and II Army Corps (May–July 1921). He was then placed in charge of the Asia Minor Superior General Military Command, which covered the rear areas of the Army of Asia Minor, and in June 1922 he was dispatched to Eastern Thrace to assume command of the IV Army Corps. Following the defeat of the Greek army in Asia Minor by the Turks in August 1922, he was dismissed from active command and suspended from active duty in November 1923. He finally retired in March 1928 after reaching the statutory age limit. He died in 1960.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Note: Greece officially adopted the Gregorian calendar on 16 February 1923 (which became 1 March). All dates prior to that, unless specifically denoted, are Old Style.
  2. ^ a b c d "Αντιστράτηγος ΒΛΑΧΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ ΑΡΙΣΤΟΤΕΛΗΣ του ΙΩΑΝΝΟΥ, ΑΜ 3584.". Συνοπτική Ιστορία του Γενικού Επιτελείου Στρατού 1901–2001 [A Concise History of the Hellenic Army General Staff 1901–2001] (in Greek). Athens: Army History Directorate. 2001. p. 144. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Major General Anastasios Charalambis
Chief of the Hellenic Army Staff Service
November 1920 – January 1921
Succeeded by
Lt General Viktor Dousmanis