GREECE: Siege

Konitsa held out. That was the biggest news from northwestern Greece, the warmest front in the world's cold war.

Battle of the Bridge. Konitsa had been picked as the capital of the Communist rebels' newly proclaimed "provisional government." When the battle began, the government garrison in the besieged, isolated town consisted of less than 1,000 men. Konitsa's normal population of 5,000 was swollen by refugees. Rebel shells struck terror among the civilians.

The rebels had dynamited the Bourazani bridge across the rain-swollen Aoos River, apparently the only avenue of relief (see map). When Greek army engineers tried to repair the bridge, they...

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