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1st Infantry Division (Greece)

I Infantry Division
I Μεραρχία Πεζικού
Emblem of the I Infantry Division
Active 1897–1941, 1951–today
Country Greece
Branch Hellenic Army
Type Special Forces
Size 3 Brigades
Part of II Army Corps
Garrison/HQ Veroia, Macedonia
Motto (Like The) Wind
Engagements First Balkan War, Second Balkan War, Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922), Greco-Italian War, Battle of Greece, Greek Civil War

The 1st Infantry Division(Greek: I Μεραρχία Πεζικού I Merarchia Pezikou, I ΜΠ for short) is an elite division of the Hellenic Army. It was founded in 1897 and is currently headquartered in Veroia, Macedonia. Despite its title, it is not a conventional infantry division, but a formation comprising the various special forces of the Hellenic Army.



  • 1st Signal Battalion (1ο TΔΒ)
  • Division HQ Company (ΛΣ/Ι ΜΠ)
  • 1st Raider/Paratrooper Brigade (1η ΤΑΞΚΔ-ΑΛ), based at Rentina, Macedonia
    • 480th Signal Battalion (480ο ΤΔΒ - 480 Tagma Diavivaseon)
    • 1st Raider Regiment (1ο ΣΚ - 1 Syntagma Katadromon)
      • Beta Raider Squadron (Β΄ ΜΚ - Beta Mira Katadromon)
      • Delta Raider Squadron (Δ΄ ΜΚ - Delta Mira Katadromon)
      • Epsilon Raider Squadron (Ε΄ ΜΚ - Epsilon Mira Katadromon)
      • 14th Signal Company (14 ΛΔΒ - 14 Lochos Diavivaseon)
    • 2nd Paratrooper Regiment (2ο ΣΑΛ - 2 Syntagma Alexiptotiston)
      • 1st Paratrooper Squadron (1η ΜΑΛ - 1 Mira Alexiptotiston)
      • 2nd Paratrooper Squadron (2η ΜΑΛ - 2 Mira Alexiptotiston)
      • 18th Signal Company (18 ΛΔΒ - 18 Lochos Diavivaseon)
    • 13th Special Operations Command "Ieros Lochos" (13η ΔΕΕ Ιερός Λόχος - 13 Dioikisi Eidikon Epiheiriseon)
      • Alpha Amphibious Raider Squadron (Α΄ ΜΑΚ - Alpha Mira Amfivion Katadromon)
      • Gamma Amphibious Raider Squadron (Γ΄ ΜΑΚ - Gamma Mira Amfivion Katadromon)
      • 13th Signal Company (13ος ΛΔΒ - 13 Lochos Diavivaseon)
    • Special Paratrooper Unit (ETA - Eidiko Tmima Alexiptotiston)
    • Zeta Amphibious Raider Squadron (Ζ΄ ΜΑΚ - Zeta Mira Amfivion Katadromon)
  • 32nd Marines Brigade "Moravas" (32η ΤΑΞΠΝ Mοράβας), based at Volos, Thessaly
    • HQ Company (ΛΣ/32ης ΤΞΠΖΝ)
    • 505th Marines Battalion (505ο ΤΠN)
    • 521st Marines Battalion (521ο ΤΠN)
    • 575th Marines Battalion (575ο ΤΠN)
    • Marines Artillery Battalion (32η ΜΠΠ)
    • Marines Armoured Squadron (3η ΙΜΑ)
    • Marines Engineer Company (32ος ΛΜΧ)
    • Marines Light Air Defence Battery (32η ΠΕΑ/ΑΠ)
    • Marines Signal Company (32ος ΛΔΒ)
    • Marines Support Battalion (32ο TYΠ)
  • 71st Airmobile Infantry Brigade (71η Α/M ΤΑΞ), based at Nea Santa, Macedonia
    • HQ Company (ΛΣ/71ης Α/Μ ΤΑΞ)
    • 595th Airborne Battalion (595ο A/M ΤΠ)
    • 596th Airborne Battalion (596ο A/M ΤΠ)
    • 601th Airborne Battalion (601ο A/M ΤΠ)
    • 116th Airborne Artillery Battalion (116η Α/Μ ΜΠΠ)
    • 71st Airborne Engineer Company (71ος ΛΜΧ)
    • 71st Light Air Defence Battery (71η ΠΕΑ/ΑΠ)
    • 71st Signal Company (71ος ΛΔΒ)
    • 71st Support Battalion (71ο TYΠ)

See also

Emblem and Motto

The emblem depicts a tsarouhi, the traditional footwear of the Evzones, and a bayonet.

The motto of the I Infantry Division is "(Like The) Wind" (Greek: Αέρα, Aera), the traditional battle cry of Greek infantrymen when attacking the enemy.

External links

  • Hellenic Ministry of Defense - Official Site
  • Hellenic Army General Staff - Official Site
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