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  • Pre-War Greece had 56 Infantry Regiments (of 3 Battalions each) numbered between 1 and 72 which were classed as Active or Reserve.

  • After 28 October 1940, and up until late March 1941 Greece raised about another 25 Regiments approximately, a few of which were numbered in the gaps between 1-72, and the rest in a new sequence between 73-92. The new regiments were raised by the following methods:

    • Upgrading existing Border Guard or Garrison formations to full Infantry Regiments.

    • Combining existing Independent Infantry Battalions in Albania to create Regiments.

    • Creating 'new' Regiments from scratch using new 1941 conscripts/recruits and rehabilitated wounded from the previous battles.

  • In addition 3 new Motorised Regiments (that were intended to incorporate a Light Tank company) were raised in February-March 1941 for the new Motorised Division (that was also supposed to include Greece's first Tank Battalion).

The 'new' regiments raised from scratch (conscripts & wounded) tended to get primarily assigned to replace troops that had been taken from the Bulgarian Border in the first part of the campaign, or be assigned to two new Divisions (XII & 20th) and the new 19th Motorised that were earmarked to guard against a now possible German penetration through Jugoslavia. As a result many of the units in the central North-Eastern theatre were relatively green, most especially the semi-mobile troops who were positioned with the Commonwealth forces to oppose any German thrust into central Greece. This had the benefit (in theory) of allowing the more experienced or better (i.e. longer) trained troops to be used on the Albanian front, and in theory meant these newer units had more time to train and absorb their drafts (both officers and enlisted men) before seeing action. However the German's had other ideas and the speed of their advance (especially through Jugoslavia) exposed these Greek formations and meant the German's were initially faced in some areas by mostly inexperienced and only partly trained formations. 

Greek Army Regiments & Independent Battalions - Albanian, Central Greece, & Bulgarian Fronts - April 1940

1st Cavalry Regiment
2nd Mot Cavalry Regiment*
3rd Cavalry Regiment

1st Infantry Regiment

3rd Infantry Regiment
4th Infantry Regiment
5th Infantry Regiment
6th Infantry Regiment

8th Infantry Regiment
9th Infantry Regiment

11th Infantry Regiment
12th Infantry Regiment
13th Infantry Regiment
14th Infantry Regiment
15th Infantry Regiment
16th Infantry Regiment

18th Infantry Regiment
19th Infantry Regiment
20th Infantry Regiment
21st Infantry Regiment
22nd Infantry Regiment
23rd Infantry Regiment
24th Infantry Regiment
25th Infantry Regiment
26th Infantry Regiment (increased to 4 Btns March '41)
27th Infantry Regiment
28th Infantry Regiment
29th Infantry Regiment
30th Infantry Regiment
31st Infantry Regiment
32nd Infantry Regiment
33rd Infantry Regiment
34th Infantry Regiment
35th Infantry Regiment
36th Infantry Regiment

39th Light Infantry Regiment (2nd …vzoni Regiment)
40th Light Infantry Regiment (3rd …vzoni Regiment)
41st Infantry Regiment
42nd Light Infantry Regiment (5th …vzoni Regiment)
43rd Infantry Regiment
44th Infantry Regiment

50th Infantry Regiment

53rd Infantry Regiment

65th Infantry Regiment
66th Infantry Regiment
67th Infantry Regiment
68th Infantry Regiment

70th Infantry Regiment
71st Infantry Regiment
72nd Infantry Regiment
73rd Infantry Regiment

80th Infantry Regiment
81st Infantry Regiment
82nd Infantry Regiment (2 Btns)

84th Infantry Regiment (2 Btns)
85th Infantry Regiment
86th Infantry Regiment (2 Btns)
87th Infantry Regiment (2 Btns)
88th Infantry Regiment

90th Infantry Regiment
91st Infantry Regiment (2 Btns)
92nd Infantry Regiment

The Dodecanese Regiment

191st Motorised Regiment
192nd Motorised Regiment
193rd Motorised Regiment

6th Infantry Battalion

* Designation of "2nd" assumed - Greece had the 1st & 3rd Cavalry Regiments and a 'Motorised' Cavalry Regiment.

Around 12-15 Infantry Regiments numbered between 1-72 are missing from this list as they had been either destroyed, disbanded, withdrawn for rebuilding, or assigned to the Greek Interior or Islands prior to April 1940.

The Alexandroupoleos Brigade were still forming in April and consequently the regiment(s) in it were still moving to their station(s) and such, so were not fully combat ready.