List of defence ministers of Greece

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This is a list of Greek war and defence ministers.

Ministers of Military Affairs, 1899–1946[edit]

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
Colonel Konstantinos Koumoundouros 14 April 1899 11 January 1900
Nikolaos Tsamados 11 January 1900 14 November 1901
Georgios Korpas 25 November 1901 6 December 1902
Colonel Lymbrittis 7 December 1902 27 June 1903
Alexios Grivas 28 June 1903 11 July 1903
Ioannis Konstantinidis 11 July 1903 19 December 1903
Major General Konstantinos Smolenskis 19 December 1903 29 December 1904
Kyriakos Mavromichalis 29 December 1904 30 July 1905
Vasileios Voudouris 30 July 1905 21 December 1905
Georgios Theotokis 21 December 1905 29 July 1909
Colonel Emmanouil Manousogiannakis 29 July 1909 28 August 1909
Leonidas Lapathiotis 31 August 1909 30 December 1909
Ioannis Konstantinidis 30 December 1909 31 January 1910
Nikolaos Zorbas 31 January 1910 18 October 1910
Eleftherios Venizelos 18 October 1910 10 March 1915 Also Prime Minister
Dimitrios Gounaris 10 March 1915 23 August 1915
Lt. General Panagiotis Danglis 23 August 1915 7 October 1915
Ioannis Giannakitsas 7 October 1915 7 November 1915
Major General Konstantinos Kallaris 22 June 1916 16 September 1916
Nikolaos Kalogeropoulos 16 September 1916 9 October 1916
Nikolaos Drakos 10 October 1916 27 June 1917
Eleftherios Venizelos 27 June 1917 18 November 1920 Also Prime Minister
Dimitrios Gounaris 18 November 1920 8 April 1921
Nikolaos Theotokis (fr) 8 April 1921 16 May 1922
Nikolaos Stratos 16 May 1922 22 May 1922
Nikolaos Theotokis (fr) 22 May 1922 9 September 1922
Nikolaos Triantaphyllakos 10 September 1922 29 September 1922 Also Prime Minister
Major General Theodoros Pangalos 14 November 1922 12 December 1922
Colonel Stylianos Gonatas 12 December 1922 9 January 1923 Prime Minister, minister pro tempore
Periklis Pierrakos-Mavromichalis 9 January 1923 24 June 1923
Colonel Stylianos Gonatas 24 June 1923 29 August 1923 Also Prime Minister
Periklis Pierrakos-Mavromichalis 29 August 1923 18 October 1923
Colonel Stylianos Gonatas 18 October 1923 3 November 1923 Prime Minister, minister pro tempore
Major General Konstantinos Manetas 3 November 1923 11 January 1924
Konstantinos Gondikas 11 January 1924 12 March 1924
Georgios Kondylis 12 March 1924 11 June 1924
Theodoros Pangalos 11 June 1924 24 July 1924
Georgios Katechakis 24 July 1924 9 March 1925
Konstantinos Gondikas 9 March 1925 26 June 1925
Theodoros Pangalos 26 June 1925 21 April 1926 Dictator, concurrently Prime Minister
Charalambos Tseroulis 21 April 1926 22 August 1926
Georgios Kondylis 26 August 1926 4 December 1926 Leader of the uprising that deposed Pangalos, concurrently Prime Minister
Alexandros Mazarakis-Ainian 4 December 1926 4 July 1928
Themistoklis Sophoulis 4 July 1928 11 November 1930
Eleftherios Venizelos 11 November 1930 23 December 1930
Georgios Katechakis 23 December 1930 26 May 1932
Alexandros Papanastasiou 26 May 1932 3 June 1932
Theodoros Chavinis 5 June 1932 31 October 1932
Georgios Kondylis 3 November 1932 13 January 1933
Georgios Katechakis 16 January 1933 6 March 1933
Alexandros Othonaios 6 March 1933 8 March 1933
Georgios Kondylis 10 March 1933 20 March 1935
Ioannis Metaxas 5 March 1935 13 March 1935
Georgios Kondylis 20 March 1935 10 October 1935
Major General Alexandros Papagos 10 October 1935 25 November 1935
Konstantinos Demertzis 30 November 1935 5 March 1935
Ioannis Metaxas 14 March 1936 29 January 1941
Alexandros Koryzis[citation needed] 29 January 1941 18 April 1941
Theodoros Panagakos 21 April 1941 2 June 1941
Georgios Bakos 30 April 1941 7 April 1943 As part of the Axis collaborationist regime
Stylianos Dimitrikakis 2 June 1941 4 May 1942
Panagiotis Kanellopoulos 4 May 1942 16 March 1943
Vyron Karapanagiotis (el) 16 March 1943 3 April 1944
Sofoklis Venizelos 13 April 1944 23 April 1944
Georgios Papandreou 28 May 1944 31 December 1944
Nikolaos Plastiras 3 January 1945 7 April 1945
Vice Admiral Petros Voulgaris 9 April 1945 11 August 1945
Alexandros Merentitis 11 August 1945 1 November 1945
Spyridon Georgoulis 1 November 1945 20 November 1945
Theodoros Manetas 22 November 1945 4 April 1946

Ministers for Military Affairs, Naval Affairs & Aviation, 1946[edit]

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
Petros K. Mavromichalis (el) 4 April 1946 3 November 1946 People's Party

Ministers of Military Affairs, 1946–1950[edit]

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
Philippos Dragoumis (el) 4 November 1946 24 January 1947 People's Party
Georgios Stratos 27 January 1947 12 November 1948 People's Party
Konstantinos Rendis (el) 18 November 1948 19 January 1949 Liberal Party
Panayotis Kanellopoulos 20 January 1949 6 January 1950 National Unionist Party (el)

Ministers for Military Affairs, Naval Affairs & Aviation, 1950[edit]

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
Ioannis Theotokis 7 January 1950 23 March 1950
Panagiotis Kanellopoulos 23 March 1950 15 April 1950 National Unionist Party (el)

Ministers for National Defence, 1950–present[edit]

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
Philippos Manouilidis (el) 15 April 1950 18 August 1950 Democratic Socialist Party
Sofoklis Venizelos 21 August 1950 28 August 1950 Liberal Party
Konstantinos Rendis (el) 28 August 1950 13 September 1950 Liberal Party
Konstantinos Karamanlis 13 September 1950 2 November 1950 People's Party
General (ret.) Panagiotis Spiliotopoulos 30 July 1951 27 October 1951 Former Chief of the Army General Staff
Admiral (ret.) Alexandros Sakellariou 27 October 1951 28 March 1952 Former Chief of the Navy General Staff
Sofoklis Venizelos 10 April 1952 24 July 1952 Liberal Party
Georgios Mavros 24 July 1952 11 October 1952 Liberal Party
Lt. General (ret.) Ioannis Pitsikas 11 October 1952 18 November 1952
Marshal (ret.) Alexandros Papagos 23 November 1952 2 December 1952 Greek Rally, former Commander-in-Chief of the Greek military
Panagiotis Kanellopoulos 2 December 1952 6 June 1955 Greek Rally
Konstantinos Karamanlis 6 October 1955 10 January 1956 Greek Rally
Sotirios Stergiopoulos 11 January 1956 27 February 1956
Aristeidis Protopapadakis 29 February 1956 2 March 1958 National Radical Union
Sotirios Stergiopoulos 5 March 1958 17 May 1958
Konstantinos Karamanlis 17 May 1958 20 September 1961 National Radical Union
Air Vice Marshal (ret.) Charalambos Potamianos (el) 20 September 1961 4 November 1961
Aristeidis Protopapadakis 4 November 1961 11 June 1963 National Radical Union
Philippos Dragoumis (el) 19 June 1963 28 September 1963
Dimitrios Papanikolopoulos 29 September 1963 18 February 1964
Petros Garoufalias (el) 18 February 1964 15 July 1965 Center Union
Stavros Kostopoulos 15 July 1965 21 December 1966 Center Union
Dissident Center Union
Liberal Democratic Center
Ioannis Paraskevopoulos 22 December 1966 30 March 1967
Panagiotis Papaligouras (el) 3 April 1967 21 April 1967 National Radical Union
Lt. General Grigorios Spandidakis 21 April 1967 13 December 1967 Military regime
Colonel (Ret.) Georgios Papadopoulos 13 December 1967 8 October 1973 Military regime
Nikolaos Efessios 8 October 1973 25 November 1973 Military regime
Efstathios Latsoudis 25 November 1973 24 July 1974 Military regime
Evangelos Averoff 26 July 1974 19 October 1981 National Radical Union (1974)
New Democracy (1974–81)
Andreas Papandreou 21 October 1981 25 April 1986 Panhellenic Socialist Movement
Colonel (ret.) Ioannis Charalambopoulos 25 April 1986 1 July 1989 Panhellenic Socialist Movement
Ioannis Varvitsiotis 2 July 1989 7 October 1989 New Democracy
Theodoros Degiannis 12 October 1989 23 November 1989
Tzannis Tzannetakis 23 November 1989 12 February 1990 New Democracy
Theodoros Degiannis 13 February 1990 11 April 1990
Ioannis Varvitsiotis 11 April 1990 13 October 1993 New Democracy
Gerasimos Arsenis 13 October 1993 24 September 1996 Panhellenic Socialist Movement
Akis Tsochatzopoulos 24 September 1996 23 October 2001 Panhellenic Socialist Movement
Yiannos Papantoniou 23 October 2001 10 March 2004 Panhellenic Socialist Movement
Spilios Spiliotopoulos 10 March 2004 15 February 2006 New Democracy
Evaggelos Meimarakis 15 February 2006 7 October 2009 New Democracy
Evangelos Venizelos 7 October 2009 17 June 2011 Panhellenic Socialist Movement
Panos Beglitis 17 June 2011 11 November 2011 Panhellenic Socialist Movement
Dimitris Avramopoulos 11 November 2011 17 May 2012 New Democracy
General (ret.) Frangoulis Frangos 17 May 2012 21 June 2012 Independent, former Chief of Army General Staff
Panos Panagiotopoulos 21 June 2012 25 June 2013 New Democracy
Dimitris Avramopoulos 25 June 2013 3 November 2014 New Democracy
Nikos Dendias 3 November 2014 27 January 2015 New Democracy
Panos Kammenos 27 January 2015 Independent Greeks