Manolis Mantakas was a Greek military man, member of the resistance against the Axis forces and politician.
Mantakas was born in 1889 in Lakkoi, Chania prefecture, Crete. He joined the military and took part in the Balkan Wars, World War I and the Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922). At the end of the latter, he took part in the military movement that brought down the monarchist government. Eventually, he rose to the rank of Major General.
During the Axis occupation of Greece, Mantikas joined the National Liberation Front (EAM) and its military wing ELAS. He was a member of the Political Committee of National Liberation (PEEA), that formed a government in the mountainous village of Viniani, originally as Minister of Transportation and later (August 28, 1944) as its Vice President.