Kiro Grozdanovski was from the village Besfina, Lerin region. He did
not manage to know his father, who, because of great poverty, escaped
to America with the aim of helping his family.
So, Kiro's suffering mother raised him and two other sons.
From the age of 17 Kiro entered ELAS and, armed with a rifle, fought
against the Nazi occupiers.
In the second phase of the armed struggle he joined the DAG. He was
an exemplary and decisive fighter. He sang while he fought. The headquarters
of DAG wrote about his courage in its bulletin.
With these talents, Kiro earned the respect and trust of the fighters
and officers. In the great battle at Gramos in 1948 he was the unit
commander and defended Kopanche hill, near Nestram. Only those who participated
in the frightening battles at Gramos, on Kopanche hill, Haros know how
dreadful that fight was. Not a single tree remained standing. Even the
rocks were crushed. Gore was spread all around and there was the smell
of gunpowder, fuel and scorched human flesh.
It was in this frightening battle that Kiro was killed, just at the
moment his unit had beaten the enemy and forced them to back off.
In the archives of the 589 battalion of the 14th brigade of DAG, is
written - "Kiro Grozdanovski in the battle at Kopanche showed bravery
and courage and fell a hero."
From: For Sacred National Freedom: Portraits Of Fallen Freedom
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For Sacred National Freedom: Portraits Of Fallen Freedom Fighters