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Panagiotis Danglis
Παναγιώτης Δαγκλής
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Panagiotis Danglis in the 1910s
Born 1853
Died 1924
Place of birth Agrinio, Aetolia-Acarnania
Place of death Athens
Allegiance Greece Kingdom of Greece
Rank GR-Army-OF8-1912 Lieutenant General

Panagiotis Danglis (Greek: Παναγιώτης Δαγκλής, 1853–1924) was a Greek general of the Hellenic Army and a politician.

LifeEdit

Born into an Arvanite family in Agrinio in 1853, he graduated from the Scholi Evelpidon Officer Academy in 1878 as a Second Lieutenant of Artillery, and later extended his studies for another year in Belgium.[1] Upon his return, as Captain, he was appointed adjutant to the 1884-1887 French military mission, which had been tasked with modernizing the Greek Army. He was a recognized expert in artillery, teaching at the Army Academy and inventing the Schneider-Dangli Gun in 1893. During the Greco-Turkish War of 1897 he served as chief of staff of I Brigade in the Epirus sector. As a Lieutenant Colonel, he was transferred to the General Staff Corps in 1904. Promoted to Colonel in 1907, he participated in the latter stages of the Macedonian Struggle, supervising operations in the Salonica area, under the nom de guerre of Parmenion. Promoted to Major General in 1911, he was appointed head of the Army General Staff in August 1912, partly because of his abilities, but also as a balance to the more royalist and Germanophile staff officers like Ioannis Metaxas. During 1908-9 he headed the Macedonian Committee and the Panhellenic Organization.[2] During the First Balkan War, he served as chief of staff to Crown Prince Constantine's Army of Thessaly until November 1912, when he became a member of the Greek delegation in the London Peace Conference. In March 1913 he was promoted to Lieutenant General and placed in command of the Epirus Army Corps. In late 1914, he left the army and went into politics, joining the Liberal Party of Eleftherios Venizelos in 1915 and elected as an MP for Epirus representing Ioannina.[3] He became Minister for War and supported Venizelos during his struggle against King Constantine in 1916, joining his Triumvirate, the "Provisional Government of National Defence". In 1917, when Greece joined the First World War, he was appointed nominal commander-in-chief of the Greek Army, a position he retained until the war's end, when he returned to his parliamentary office. In 1921, Danglis succeeded the self-exiled Venizelos as president of the Liberal Party.

He died in Athens on March 9, 1924.

SourcesEdit

  1. Kolarz, Walter (1972). Myths and realities in eastern Europe. Kennikat Press. p. 20. ISBN 978-0-8046-1600-3. http://books.google.com/books?id=k1e2AAAAIAAJ&q=Danglis+Albania&dq=Danglis+Albania&hl=en&ei=l7bnToW-N8PysgaD7qWlBw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  2. Veremēs, Thanos (1997). The military in Greek politics: from independence to democracy. Hurst & Company. p. 197. 
  3. Vatikiotis, Panayiotis J. (1998). Popular autocracy in Greece, 1936-41: a political biography of general Ioannis Metaxas. Frank Cass. p. 67. ISBN 978-0-7146-4869-9. http://books.google.com/books?id=mT5DO_cVSfMC&pg=PA67. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 

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