Etching with original hand colour. Sheet 170 x 240mm (6¾ x 9½"). Trimmed.
A scene from Greek War of Independence (1821-29), possibly the Battle of Alamana (April, not September, 1821), in which 1,500 Greeks, led by Athanasios Diakos & two other captains, fought to hold back the 8,000-strong Ottoman army but were quickly routed. Diakos with 48 men decided to fight on and resisted for several hours before being overwhelmed. Severely wounded he was bought to the Turkish General Vryonis who offered to make him an officer in the Turkish army. Diakos refused replying "I was born a Greek and I shall die a Greek". He was then taken away & impaled. This made him a national hero and to this day streets and statues all over Greece are named after him. The German legend underneath explains how the Greeks cleared the passes on the same ground as their famous ancestors (the 300 spartans etc). There was close quarter fighting and eventually the Greeks got the upper hand. A thousand Turks were killed battle flags captured 7 cannon and 300 wagons etc. Menin Pasha was killed by the Greek leader. Most of this is of course propaganda created by the German printers and German propaganda seven years after the event.
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