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George Papadopoulos (The Third Bloc)

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His Excellency Georgios Papadopoulos
Γεώργιος Παπαδόπουλος
Georgios Papadopoulos crop
169th Prime Minister of Greece
Assumed office
13 December 1967
Monarch Constantine II
Deputy Stylianos Pattakos
Preceded by Konstantinos Kollias
Personal details
Born 5 May 1919(1919-05-05)
Elaiohori, Greece
Nationality Greek
Political party None yet
Spouse(s) Niki Vasileiadi (m. 1941; Divorce by Decree 1970)
Despina Gaspari (m. 1970)
Children 3
Alma mater Hellenic Military Academy
Religion Greek Orthodoxy
Military service
Allegiance * Greece (1940–1941, 1944–1973)
Service/branch * Hellenic Army (1940–1941, 1944–1973)
Years of service 1940–1973
Rank Colonel (in Hellenic Army)
Battles/wars Battle of Greece
Greek Civil War
1967 Greek coup d'état

Colonel Georgios Papadopoulos (5 May 1919 – 27 June 1999) was the head of the military coup d'état that took place in Greece on 21 April 1967, and leader of the Regime Of Colonels that ruled the country from 1967.

Papadopoulos was a Colonel of Infantry. During World War II, he initially resisted the Italian 1940 invasion but later became an active Axis collaborator in the Security Battalions which "hunted down" Greek resistance fighters.

He underwent military and intelligence training in the United States during the 1950's. During the 1950s, Papadopoulos underwent military training in the United States, which gave rise to the suggestion that he had been recruited by the CIA. It has been claimed that he became a CIA agent during this time, which would make him the first known CIA agent in history to govern a European country. Either way, he was known to have extensive connections with the CIA following his training.

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