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Greek Advance towards Turkish line.

Second Battle of Inonu
Part of the Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922)

Greek Advance towards Turkish line.
Date: March 26 - March 31, 1921
Location: Near Inonu, Turkey
Result: Turkish victory
Combatants
Turkish revolutionaries Greece
Commanders
Ismet Inonu Papoulas
Strength
30,000 42,000
Casualties
Unknown Unknown

The Second Battle of Inonu describes the battle that were fought in March 1921 near the Turkish village of Inonu during the Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922), which marked a turning point in the Turkish war of independence. Prior to the inonu battles, the Greeks had been victorious, defeating mainly irregular Turkish forces.

The began with a Greek assault on the positions of Ismet's troops on March 26, 1921.The better-equipped Greeks pushed back the Turks and took the dominant hill called Metristepe on the 27th.A night counter-attack by the Turks failed to recapture it. On 31st March Ismet attacked again after receiving reinforcements, and recaptured Metristepe. In a continuation battle in April, Refet's forces retook the town of Afyon Karahissar.

While the battles marked a turning point in the war, following was a stalemate, as the Turks had missed their chance to encircle and destroy the Greek army, which retreated in good order. There were heavy casualties on both sides, and neither side was in a position to advance.

The commander of the Turkish forces at Inonu, Ismet, who was one of Kemal's closest collaborators, had his name changed to Ismet Inonu by Kemal Ataturk himself in memory of the victory at Inonu. He went on to become the second President of Turkey after Kemal.

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