Evripidis Bakirtzis

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Evripidis Bakirtzis

Evripidis Bakirtzis (Greek: Ευριπίδης Μπακιρτζής; 16 January 1895 – 9 March 1947), born in Kozani (or according to other sources in Serres), Ottoman Empire, was a Hellenic Army officer and politician. Dismissed from the army twice due to his participation in pro-republican coup attempts, later during the Axis Occupation of Greece in World War II he co-founded the EKKA resistance group and later he joined the Greek People's Liberation Army. He served as head of the Political Committee of National Liberation, a government of Greek Resistance-held territories, from 10 March to 18 April 1944. He was nicknamed "the Red Colonel", from his pen name in the communist Rizospastis.

He was found dead in 1947 in exile, during the later Greek civil war, in Fournoi Korseon.

Evripidis Bakirtzis, Chairman of the PEEA, addresses the National Council in Evrytania, May 1944.
New title Chairman of the Political Committee of National Liberation
March 10 – April 18, 1944
Succeeded by
Alexandros Svolos