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Antonis Vratsanos
Born 1919
Died November 25, 2008

Antonis Vratsanos (Aggeloulis) (Greek: Αντώνης Βρατσάνος (Αγγελούλης), 1919 in Larissa – November 25, 2008 in Athens), was a saboteur of the Greek People's Liberation Army (ELAS), the military branch of the National Liberation Front (EAM), and the Democratic Army of Greece.[1][2][3]

On February 1944, he blew up a German train, full of soldiers and officers, on their way to the Eastern Front. This cost the Wehrmacht 450 dead, including 150 officers and a general with all his staff. This action is considered as one of the biggest sabotages in Europe, against the German occupation.[4][5] After the Communists' defeat in the Greek Civil War, he spent 33 years in exile in Romania.[6]

On February 28, 2007, he was awarded by the President of the Hellenic Republic, Karolos Papoulias, the "Grand Commander of the Order of Honor" for his actions in the Greek Resistance in the years 1941-44.[7]

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  1. "Antonis Vratsanos the legendary saboteur of ELAS-DSE, revolutionary communist and an opponent of Krushchevian revisionism, passed away.". The PC of the Movement for the Reorganization of the Communist Party of Greece 1918-55. 2008-11-28. http://anasintaxi-en.blogspot.com/2008/11/antonis-vratsanos-legendary-saboteur-of.html. Retrieved 2008-11-29. 
  2. "Κηδεύτηκε με πολιτική κηδεία ο Αντώνης Βρατσάνος" (in Greek). Rizospastis. 2008-11-28. http://www2.rizospastis.gr/story.do?id=4836853. Retrieved 2008-11-29. 
  3. "«Έφυγε» ο θρυλικός μπουρλοτιέρης του Ολύμπου, αρχιμπουρλοτιέρης των ΕΛΑΣ-ΔΣΕ, επαναστάτης κομμουνιστής σύντροφος Αντώνης Βρατσάνος" (in Greek). Newspaper Anasintaxi. 15-30.11.2008. p. 1. 
  4. Kostas Latifis (2008-10-30). "The hero Vratsanos" (in Greek). Ta Nea. http://www.tanea.gr/default.asp?pid=10&la=1&ct=13&artid=1406550. Retrieved 2008-11-29. 
  5. J.N. Stevens, C.N. Woodhouse, D.J. Wallace (1982). Lars Bæerentzen. ed. British Reports on Greece 1943-44. Museum Tusculanum Press. p. 181. ISBN 978-87-88073-20-1. 
  6. "Antonis Vratsanos" (in Greek). Newspaper Anasintaxi. 15-31.12.2008. p. 1&4. 
  7. Lena Pagoni (2007-03-01). "Από την ανατίναξη στα Τέμπη μέχρι τη σωτηρία ναυαγών" (in Greek). Eleftherotypia. http://www.enet.gr/online/online_hprint?id=6232636. Retrieved 2008-11-29. 

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