The silence was startling. For the first time in five nightmare weeks there was no fighting in Athens.

Tommies in tanks had recaptured the ruins of the Averoff prison which ELAS had used as a fort. After it fell, resistance collapsed. With all but a third of the capital recaptured, reinforced British troops prepared to drive out the remnant of ELAS forces. In driblets ELAS riflemen retreated by winding paths over the hills and melted away into the countryside. Into the streets, behind them, marched British troops and Greek Government Militia, pelted by...

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