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The '''Battle of Machairas''' was fought between [[March 2]] and [[March 3]], [], during the [[EOKA]] struggle against the British. It took place in the [[Troodos]] mountains near the monastery of Machairas.
On March 2, 1957, a force of approximately 60 British soldiers acted upon information that [[Grigoris Afxentiou]], second in command in EOKA to [[Georgios Grivas]]-Digenis himself, was hiding in a cave in the area, entered the monastery and interrogated all the monks as to the guerrila's whereabouts. When they received no answers, they searched the surrounding area and came upon - possibly through an informer - a cave hidden by some bushes.