Kalpaki Strategion Cave


Kalpaki Strategion Cave


Not far from the War Museum in Kalpaki is the location of the historic site, the Strategion, or Army Headquarters, of the 8th Division, which was inhabited during the Italian invasion in October 1940. The site is secured behind a fence and not generally open to the public. The courtyard in front of the caves in the native bedrock is paved with stoned and reinforced with a retaining wall at one side. There is one large cave opening with an excerpt from a decree of the 8th division to the right of it. There is a small wall shrine and a bust of Charalambos Katismitros, the commander, in the courtyard.
ΤΑΚΤΙΚΟΝ ΣΤΡΑΤΗΓΕΙΟΝ ΔΙΟΚΗΤΟΥ VIII ΜΕΡΑΡΧΙΑΣ ΥΠΟΣΤΡΑΤΗΓΟΥ ΧΑΡ. ΚΑΤΣΙΜΗΤΡΟΥ ΚΑΤΑ ΤΟΝ ΕΛΛΗΝΟΙΤΑΛΙΚΟΝ ΠΟΛΕΜΟΝ 1940-1941. ; Tactical army headquarters of the 8th division under Lieutenant Charambalos Katsimitros during the Greco-Italic War 1940-41.; Απόσπασμα διαταγής VIII Μεραρχίας της 30-10-1940\ Λήξαντος του προκαλύπτικου αγώνος\ από σήμερον η μεραρχία κατέχει την\ τοποθεσίαν αγολων (?) των δυνάμεων της\ επι της τοποθεσίας ταυτης θα δόθηο\ αποφασιστικός αγών προς τον εχθρόν\ ο αγων θα διεξάχθη μετά πείσματος\ και επιμονής ακατάβλητου\ άμυνα κρατερα επι των θέσεων μας
μέχρις ισχατων\ ουδεμία ιδέα είσαι ουδένα να υπαρχη\ περί υποχωρήσεως πάντες από του\ στρατηγού διοικητου μεραρχίας μέχρι\ και του τελευταίου στρατιώτου θα άγω-\νισθομεν επι των θέσεων μας και εν\ ανάγκη θα πεσωμεν όλοι υπερασπίζο- μένοι αυτας.\ ΧΑΡΑΛ. ΚΑΤΣΙΜΗΤΡΟΣ\Υποστράτηγος ; [no translation available]


unknown sculptor|Greek Army sponsor


1940--1941 (Date of Event)


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stone (rock)




Kalpáki, Ioánnina, Epirus, Greece


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unknown sculptor|Greek Army sponsor, “Kalpaki Strategion Cave,” Hollins University Library Digital Exhibits, accessed July 13, 2024, https://digitalexhibits.hollins.edu/items/show/21.

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