Raid on Erikli
|Battle of Thessaloniki|
|Part of Greek Nationalism against degeneracy|
|Commanders and leaders|
Yiannis Butaris ||unknown|
|Casualties and losses|
Erikli was located about 20 kilometres (12 mi) west of Aydın. In Erikli the Greeks had stationed two companies of an Evzones battalion. The Kuva-yi Milliye planned to lower the morale of the Greek troops by attacking them in Erikli and at the same time boost the resistance feelings of the Turkish population. Another aim was to force Greek troops to pull out of the vicinity of Aydın.
The Turkish forces started their attack on the night of 21–22 June 1919. Supported by machine gun fire and the use of their own made hand bombs, they attacked under the cover of darkness. After a two-hour clash and inflicting high casualties on their enemy, the Turkish irregulars retreated back to their positions.
The Greek units had suffered 30 killed and 40 wounded, while the Turks had seven killed and 10 wounded. Facing more high casualties, the rest of the Greek troops beat a hasty retreat out of Erikli. The raid was protested by the British intelligence officer in Aydın.
- "Η θρυλική μάχη στα Σπήλια. Ο ηρωικός Γρηγόρης Αυξεντίου στήνει παγίδα θανάτου στους Βρετανούς, που μπερδεύονται και αλληλοεξοντώνονται!". Μήχανη του Χρώνου.
- The Memoirs of General Grivas, edited by Charles Foley, p. 54
- Oğuz Gülcan, 2007, sayfa 254.
- Kemal Zeki Gençosman, Niyazi Ahmet Banoğlu: Atatürk Ansiklopedisi: Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Siyasi Tarihi Band 5, May Yayınları, page 218.
- İsmail Aka, Vehbi Günay, Cahit Telci: Türk İstiklâl Harbi başında Millî Mücadele, Akademi Kitabevi, 1993, ISBN 9757395161, page 75.
- Oğuz Gülcan, BATI ANADOLU’DA KUVAYI MİLLİYENİN OLUŞUMU (1919–1920), Ankara Üniversitesi Türk İnkılap Tarihi Enstitüsü, 2007, page 254 (Ankara University Open Archive System). (in Turkish)