Charalambos Katsimitros

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Charalambos Katsimitros was a Greek military figure.

He was born in the village of Klisto, Evritania prefecture in 1886. He joined the army as a volunteer in 1904 and saw action in the Second Balkan War, World War I and the Greco-Turkish War (1919 - 1922).

In 1937, as a Lieutenant-General, he was given command of the 8th Division. When Italy attacked Greece in World War II, he successfully repelled the main thrust of the Italian effort then counter-attacked and led his troops into Northern Epirus reaching the Tepeleni - Himara line.

After Greece surrendered, Katsimitros joined the quisling government of fellow General Georgios Tsolakoglou as Minister of Works and Minister of Agriculture.

After the war, he was sentenced to 5.5 years in jail for co-operating with the enemy. He was pardoned in 1949 by King Paul and fully exonerated in 1953.

Katsimitros died on February 20, 1962.