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Kapetan (Chieftain)

Evangelos Natsis Georgiou
Ευάγγελος Νάτσης Γεωργίου
Kapetan Vangelis in Makedonomachos uniform.
Bornc. 1876
Died12 May 1904 (aged 28)
Cause of deathKilled in action
NationalityOttoman Greek
Other namesStrempeniotis
Vangel Nachev Georgiev
OccupationSoldier
Revolutionary
Organization
Military career
AllegianceGreece Kingdom of Greece
Service/branch Hellenic Army
Battles/warsGreco-Turkish War (1897) Ilinden Uprising
Macedonian Struggle 

Evangelos Natsis Georgiou (Greek: Ευάγγελος Νάτσης Γεωργίου; Bulgarian: Вангел Начев Георгиев, romanized: Vangel Nachev Georgiev) also known as Strempeniotis or Kapetan Vangelis,[1] was a Slavophone Greek soldier and revolutionary leader who participated in the Greco-Turkish War of 1897 and the Greek Struggle for Macedonia.

Early life

Evangelos Georgiou was born in 1876 in Srempeno (Σρέμπενο) or Srebreno (Сребрено), Salonika Vilayet, Ottoman Empire (now Asprogeia, Florina regional unit).[2] It is said that his held distant roots from Epirus. He moved to Constantinople in his youth where he worked as a milkman and a mason.

Armed Action

In 1897, he volunteered for military service in the Greco-Turkish War of 1897 where he would take part in the Battle of Velestino. He joined the Bulgarian IMRO, However, he would defect to the Greek side following his dissatisfaction with their treatment of the Greek population and an attempt on his life by a Komitadji. He would participate in the Ilinden Uprising of 1903 independent from the IMRO. In 1904, as a Makedonomachos, he would form one of the first organized armed groups with external Greek support in the Macedonian Struggle. He co-operated with Germanos Karavangelis, who brought him in contact with volunteers who had just arrived from Crete. He organized his own troop and inflicted many losses on the IMRO, most importantly the extermination of Voivoda Kirchev.

On 12 May 1904, returning from Monastir, he was killed in an ambush at Aetos, by the cheta of Aleksandar Turundzhev.[3]

Legacy

He was survived by his daughter.

A bust of him was erected in Kastoria in 1960.

There is a statue of him in his birthplace of Asprogeia.

Reference and notes

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Archives of Administration of Reservist Warriors, Fighters, Victims and Amputees (ARWFVA) of Ministry of National Defence (Greece)
  3. ^ Λιθοξόου, Δ. Η σύλληψη του Κώτα.