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Greek regimental flags did not carry any distinguishing numerals to identify the unit; in the centre of the field is the image of St George slaying the dragon, and the finial is a Greek Orthodox cross. C: GREEK ARMY, 1921 C1: Sergeant, Gendarmerie; III Corps, Bursa The Greek Gendarmerie were heavily involved in protecting their army’s overextended supply lines in Asia Minor. This NCO wears the summer version of the distinctive These parading Greek infantry wear the summer version of the 1908 uniform with Adrian M1915 helmets, and present arms with Mannlicher-Schönauer rifles.
Note on his right sleeve the two diagonal stripes indicating his rank; these were in yellow or white depending upon the ‘button colour’ of the branch, on a broader backing of branch facing colour. His brown leather belt has four mounted-troops’ ammunition pouches with central strap-and-button fasteners. 36 The summer uniform worn by the Greek Army was a khaki drill version of the M1908 (see Plate A3); the lightweight khaki cotton often faded in the sun to a very pale shade. In the heat of the Asia Minor plains troops not surprisingly wore as little as possible; while there is no photographic evidence that shorts were ever worn, in the field most Greek soldiers would wear their undershirt along with either the winter wool trousers or the summer version if available.
During the Anatolian winter the standard M1908 greatcoat was worn with the woollen uniform, and other overcoats in service also included ex-Canadian, British and US Army models. Greek officers wore both long and short models of double-breasted greatcoat. Some winter items like pullovers may have been supplied by the Entente powers from their surplus stores, and others would have been sent by the soldiers’ families. As the first winter approached in 1919 the Greeks asked the British to supply them with 200,000 pairs of woollen socks but, as with other such requests, it is not known if they arrived in time to reach the front line.