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The battle of Daphni (21 March 1827)

During the battles for Athens a battle took place in the olive grove in front of the Daphni Monastery. It
was initiated by Karaiskakis, who meant to encourage the besieged that watched it from the Akropolis. G.
Kolokotronis, C. Sisinis and other Peloponnesian captains took part in it. Karaiskakis entered the olive grove with
one hundred and fourty cavalry and a small infantry force. General Kutahiye was cunning enough to leave
his troops hidden on the surrounding hiils and unleash a surprise attack. The Greeks were trapped as they were cut off from their reinforcements in the Keratsini camp. The battle became a fierce and close fight with swords. None of the two armies was able to win. At this point, Karaiskakis ordered his Turkish protegee to make him coffee in order to show that he remained calm! Three hours later the Greeks managed to withdraw.

During the battles for Athens a battle took place in the olive grove in front of the Daphni Monastery. It
was initiated by Karaiskakis, who meant to encourage the besieged that watched it from the Akropolis. G.
Kolokotronis, C. Sisinis and other Peloponnesian captains took part in it. Karaiskakis entered the olive grove with
one hundred and fourty cavalry and a small infantry force. General Kutahiye was cunning enough to leave
his troops hidden on the surrounding hiils and unleash a surprise attack. The Greeks were trapped as they were cut off from their reinforcements in the Keratsini camp. The battle became a fierce and close fight with swords. None of the two armies was able to win. At this point, Karaiskakis ordered his Turkish protegee to make him coffee in order to show that he remained calm! Three hours later the Greeks managed to withdraw.