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Charalambos Tseroulis (Greek: Χαράλαμπος Τσερούλης, Missolonghi, 1 June 1879 – 2 May 1929) was a distinguished Greek infantry officer who rose to the rank of Lieutenant General.

Charalambos Tseroulis
Born1 June 1879[1]
Missolonghi
Died2 May 1929
AllegianceGreece Kingdom of Greece
Greece Second Hellenic Republic
Service/branchArmy
Years of service1900–1920, 1922–1926
RankGR-Army-OF8-1912.svg Lieutenant General
Commands heldArchipelago Division, IV Army Corps
Battles/warsBalkan Wars, N. Epirote autonomy, World War I, Asia Minor Campaign

LifeEdit

Tseroulis was born on 1 June 1879 in Missolonghi. After studies in the Hellenic Army Academy, he was commissioned as an Infantry 2nd Lieutenant on 16 July 1900. Early in his career he served in the Hellenic Military Geographical Service, and fought in the Balkan Wars of 1912–13 as a company commander in the 6th Infantry Regiment of the 3rd Infantry Division. After the Balkan Wars, in early 1914, he fought as a volunteer for the autonomy of Northern Epirus.[2]

In Autumn 1916 he joined the National Defence uprising and was appointed as commander of the 2nd Regiment of the Serres Division, which he led to the front near Gevgelija (Macedonian Front). He commanded the regiment in the Battle of Skra-di-Legen in May 1918, and became chief of infantry of the 3rd Infantry Division in August 1918.[2] In May 1919, as chief of infantry of the 1st Infantry Division, he took part in the Greek landing at Smyrna and the subsequent operations for the capture of Aydin. He then led detachments of the Archipelago Division in the capture of Pergamon, and was later promoted to commander of the entire Archipelago Division. This he led in the Greek Summer Offensive of 1920, capturing Balikesir and Bursa.[2]

Following the November 1920 elections, he was dismissed from the army as a Venizelist. He was recalled to active service by the September 1922 Revolution, and appointed commander of IV Army Corps in the Army of Evros.[2] He continued to command various Corps until 21 April 1926, when he was named Minister of Military Affairs by the dictatorial regime of Theodoros Pangalos, a post he held until the overthrow of the regime on 22 August. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant General on 30 August 1926.[2][3][4] Tseroulis died on 2 May 1929.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  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 e f Μεγάλη Στρατιωτικὴ καὶ Ναυτικὴ Ἐγκυκλοπαιδεία. Tόμος Ἔκτος: Σαράντα Ἐκκλησίαι–Ὤχρα [Great Military and Naval Encyclopaedia. Volume VI: Kirk Kilisse–Ochre] (in Greek). Athens: Ἔκδοσις Μεγάλης Στρατιωτικῆς καὶ Ναυτικῆς Ἐγκυκλοπαιδείας. 1930. p. 408. OCLC 31255024.
  3. ^ "Κυβέρνησις ΘΕΟΔΩΡΟΥ ΠΑΓΚΑΛΟΥ - Από 26.6.1925 έως 19.7.1926" (in Greek). General Secretariat of the Government. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Κυβέρνησις ΑΘΑΝΑΣΙΟΥ ΕΥΤΑΞΙΑ (Δικτατορική) - Από 19.7.1926 έως 22.8.1926" (in Greek). General Secretariat of the Government. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
Political offices
Preceded by
Theodoros Pangalos
Minister for Military Affairs of Greece
21 April – 22 August 1926
Succeeded by
Georgios Kondylis