The unflinching Greek Presidential Guards (Evzones) PDF Print E-mail



The Evzones, or Evzoni, today, are the members of the Greek Presidential Guard, an elite ceremonial unit that guards the Greek Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Presidential Mansion and the gate of Evzones camp in Athens. The Evzones are also known as Tsoliades.

Evzones are volunteers drawn from the Hellenic Army's Infantry, Artillery and Armoured Corps. Prospective Evzones are usually identified at the Army Recruit Training Centres during Basic Training; there is a minimum height requirement of 1.86 m (6' 1.2") to join.

The unit is famous around the world for its unique traditional uniform, which has evolved from the clothes worn by theklephts who fought the Ottoman occupation of Greece. The most visible item of this uniform is the fustanella, a kilt-like garment. The kilt has 400 folds which represent the 400 years of Greek slavery under the Ottoman empire.

The BBC News broadcast a very informative video segment titled Meet the 'unflinching' Greek Presidential Guard. A must see segment below: