In the early 1944 the EAM set up a provisional government in the greek mountains that disowned both the Greek king and his government-in-exile. In October the the communists and royalist Greek guerrillas were brought together under the British observations in an uneasy allianced government in Athens. A few weeks later the government separated because the communist members of the group didn't want to break up their guerrilla force. A small bitter civil war broke out in Athens on December 3, which the British military forces put an end too, after the the EAM overran all of Greece except for the Athens and Thessaloniki.
Summary of events
One morning in June of 1942 the villagers of Domnita, a town 185 miles from Athens, had a surprised visit from a group of 15 heavily armed men. Their black-bearded leader gave a short speech.
He was Aris Velouchiotis, formerly a colonel of artillery in the Greek army, and he was raising the banner of revolt against the occupying forces of their beloved Greece. He and his men were andartes, guerrillas. The name of their force was The National Popular Liberation Army–the Greek (ELAS). In the future the peasants would get to know that name well.