Asia Minor Defense Organization

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Asia Minor Defense Organization
Οργάνωση Μικρασιατικής Άμυνας
Participant in Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922)
Active1921–1922
IdeologyGreek nationalism
Megali Idea
Independence of Ionia
LeadersChrysostomos of Smyrna, A. Athinogenis, S. Solomonidis, A. Psaltof, K. Tenekidis, Ch. Dimas
HeadquartersSmyrna
AlliesGreece
Opponent(s)Turkish National Movement

The Asia Minor Defense Organization (Greek: Οργάνωση Μικρασιατικής Άμυνας, romanizedOrganosi Mikrasiatikis Amynas), sometimes referred to simply as the Asia Minor Defense (Μικρασιατική Άμυνα, Mikrasiatiki Amyna) was a Greek nationalist organisation founded in 1921 during the final stages of the Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922). The Organisation's goal was the foundation of an autonomous or independent Greek state in Ionia in case the Greek campaign in Asia Minor proved to be a failure, as well as to protect the Ottoman Greeks of the region from Turkish atrocities, and to find a reasonable settlement to the question of the Smyrna Zone's fate. The Organisation was headquartered in Smyrna and was led by prominent Greek personalities of Ionia,[1] including Metropolitan Bishop Chrysostomos of Smyrna, and even had branches in foreign cities. Following the Greek Army's defeat in Asia Minor and the subsequent destruction of the Greek quarter and community of Smyrna, the Organisation ceased to exist.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Michael Llewellyn (1998). Ionian Vision: Greece in Asia Minor, 1919-1922, p. 239. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor. ISBN 0472109901.
  2. ^ "The Protagonists of the Tragedy", Foundation of the Hellenic World. Retrieved 12 March 2019.