Battle of the inn of Gravia

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The Battle of the inn of Gravia was fought during the Greek War of Independence between Greek revolutionaries and the Ottoman army.

In May 1821, Omer Vrioni, the commander of the Turkish army, advanced with 8,000 men, after crushing the resistance of the Greeks at the Battle of Alamana and executing their leader, Athanasios Diakos, headed south towards Peloponnesus to crush the Greek uprising. Odysseus Androutsos with a band of 100 or so men took up a defensive position at an inn near Gravia, supported by Panourgias Panourgias and Yiannis Diovouniotis and their men. Vrioni attacked the inn but was repulsed with heavy casualties (over 400 dead). Finally, he was forced to ask for reinforcements and artillery but the Greeks managed to slip out before the reinforcements arrived. Androutsos lost two men in the battle and earned the title of commander in chief of the Greek forces in Rumeli (Central Greece).