Zervas file photo [5150]

Napoleon Zervas

Given NameNapoleon
Born17 May 1891
Died10 Dec 1957


ww2dbaseNapoleon Zervas was born in Arta, Epirus, Greece. He was the leader of the Greek resistance organization National Republican Greek League (EDES), which he joined in Sep 1941. He was credited with bringing Greek royalists into the EDES movement, largely by presenting the group's anti-communist stance. He was also credited with the establishment of the military arm of the EDES, National Groups of Greek Guerrillas (EOEA), on 28 Jul 1942.

ww2dbaseAlthough EDES operated mainly in Epirus, one of his famous operations took place at the Gorgopotamos rail bridge. At this time, roads in Greece were so bad that tank tracks were being worn out in less than 50 to 100 kilometers, hence rail transportation was of utmost importance when transporting tanks from Europe to North Africa. When EDES fighters, aided by British Special Operation Executive, destroyed the bridge that linked northern and southern Greece, it seriously hampered the German supply route.

ww2dbaseAfter the war, Zervas served as the Minister of Public Order and the Minister of Works under the governments of Dimitrios Maximos and Sophoklis Venizelos, respectively. He resigned from government service in 1947 when details of his contacts with German occupation officials and ethnic cleansing operations against Cham Albanians surfaced.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia.

Last Major Revision: Oct 2007

Napoleon Zervas Timeline

17 May 1891 Napoleon Zervas was born.
10 Dec 1957 Napoleon Zervas passed away.

Did you enjoy this article or find this article helpful? If so, please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.

Share this article with your friends:


Stay updated with WW2DB:

 RSS Feeds

Posting Your Comments on this Topic

Your Name
Your Email
 Your email will not be published
Comment Type
Your Comments
Security Code



1. We hope that visitor conversations at WW2DB will be constructive and thought-provoking. Please refrain from using strong language. HTML tags are not allowed. Your IP address will be tracked even if you remain anonymous. WW2DB site administrators reserve the right to moderate, censor, and/or remove any comment. All comment submissions will become the property of WW2DB.

2. For inquiries about military records for members of the World War II armed forces, please see our FAQ.

Search WW2DB & Partner Sites


Famous WW2 Quote
"You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terrors. Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival."

Winston Churchill

Support Us

Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 a month will go a long way. Thank you!

Or, please support us by purchasing some WW2DB merchandise at TeeSpring, Thank you!