Korçë (Southern Albania, Northern Epirus) was liberated for a first time from the Ottomans, when the Greek army with commander-in-chief Konstantinos Damianos, defeated the Ottomans and on 7 December 1912, entered the city.
The story was repeated on 22 of November 1940, when the Greek army entered once again victorious, this time against the forces of the Roman pseudo-Caesar Benito Mussolini.
The crowd came out on the streets and cheered: "We got Korçë back".
We are entering the first districts of Korçë. The crowds have just begun to give us gifts. That is, cigarettes, sweets, fruits, flowers and so much more. Then we moved on to the center. From one side of the city to the other, the thousands of its inhabitants had came to welcome us with the loud sound of thousands of mouths "Welcome, welcome". Most of us were crying, when the crowd cheered ''Hail Greece''. Wherever i passed by, people handed me plenty of cigarettes and bottles of alcochol and i told them "Are you Greeks? Greeks? " " Yes, yes, Greeks, "I was told."
From the diary of a soldier Achilleas Athanasios
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