Army Combat - Combat Support Directorates

Έμβλημα Πεζικού

EMBLEM

Emblem Symbols

  •  Red Color: The blood of Infantry men who were sacrificed in the sacred struggles of the Nation.
  •  Rifle - Spat:The basic infantry weapons set up set up by the Northwest of March 2, 1833.
  • Lamp: Symbol of God's worship and an expression of honor to the dead.

 

Flag meaning

 The Emblem composed by the rifle and the lamp, combined with the inscribed moral proclamation "DIΟKE DOXAN AND ARETIN", is not just a simple symbolism but directly its related to the work and mission of the Infantry, in which the infantry Axes are taught that:

      DOXA:

  •   It is acquired with self-sacrifice and boldness.
  •   It is won with the rifle and the sword from those who have fully developed their moral strength and acquired the necessary knowledge through study and exercise.
  •   It is stationed with the blood of those who died from the infantry weapon, which is symbolized in the emblem with a red background.

       ARETI:

  • It is the jewel of brave men.
  • It manifests itself through morality, fairness, honesty, kindness, and respect for opponents.
  • It is completed by the implementation of the symbolism of the lamp, namely faith in God and the giving of honor to the dead.

 

CHRONOLOGY

    In general:

The Infantry is one of the 5 weapons of the National Guard of Cyprus. It is the oldest and largest in terms of number of Units and staff. Its origin is lost in the depths of the ages and is parallel to the long course of the nation. It was the cradle from which all the other Weapons and Bodies were created. Its participation was uninterrupted offering a priceless contribution in every struggle of the nation.

 

     Historical Development of Infantry:

  •  In the antiquity the Infantry was the base of the Army. Armed with defensive and aggressive weapons, it conducted the fight with the movement and the strong impact. For this reason it kept very dense and massive formations to have strong impact force. The bulk of the impact was the heavily armed Infantry, usually in depth formatted. The light Infantry, before engagement, was set on the front or sides, and when the battle began, it sought to bring as much as possible losses to the enemy, and continued harassing the enemy throughout the battle with its means.
  •  In the Byzantine period, the idea of ​​a permanent professional army in peace periods, reinforced by strong reserves in the war, was created, which is the basis of the organization of the current Army. The Battalion is an independent administrative and tactical unit, which has similarly heavy and lightly armed personnel capable of carrying out specific missions and achieving its immediate security with its own means.
  •  In the Middle Ages, the Infantry, despised by the Knights, comes in second place and stands behind the Cavalry. The English, however, quickly understood this error, and in the hundred-year war (1337-1453 AD) they gave the proper place to the Infantry, which always remains the King of Weapons.
  •  In the later years, the wars of the early 20th century have shown that the Infantry only through fire and movement is able to advance, conquer the ground, maintain and fulfill its mission.

 

INFANTRY MISSION

  • The Infantry's mission is to fight under any weather conditions, on any soil differentials, day and night to conquer a territory, destroy or capture the enemy, expel him from his positions, and ensure that the occupied territory is maintained with fire and counterattacks.
  • The Infantry, in addition to basic Infantry missions, may be the basis for the creation of Infantry Groups for the execution of specific scheduled large or minor scale shipments.

EMBLEM MEANING

The emblem is made up of the crossed sabers with the horseshoe and the tank, the main weapon of armor, symbolizing the power of fire and indicates the successor of the cavalry, combined with the inscribed slogan:

“Wherein the glory lays the duty”.

It means that Glory is acquired by self-sacrifice and boldness.

It will be won by the determined, coordinated and bold use of the all the available means by those who have fully developed their moral powers and have the necessary knowledge and experience based on the training and practice.

It underlines the fact that the duty is an unselfish offer of services in the home country without calculating effort and time. It is based on full commitment, self-denial and conscious service offerings.

MISSION

Mission of Armored Units is to engage and destroy enemy forces by using fire, movement and impact, combined with other weapons.
 

EMBLEM MEANING

Artillery’s emblem established in 1968. The two showing cannons represent the Combat Artillery while the missile represents the Air Defence Artillery.

EMBLEM SYMBOLISM

Slogan: “Power through knowledge”

The phrase “Power through knowledge” indicates the fact that, the Artillery personnel feel powerful thanks to their knowledge gained through their training.

MISSION

During the military operations, Combat Artillery’s mission consists of provision of prompt and continuous fire support to the maneuver forces, in order to destroy or neutralize targets, which could influence the execution of our own mission.

The mission of air defense is to restrain the effectiveness of the enemies’ air attacking operations so that all the friendly troops can act in an unopposed way.
 

EMBLEM MEANING

The Engineer's emblem is the ram. It symbolizes the siege ram, of striking nature of ancient Greeks, which was used for violating the entrenchment. The ram, as a siege machine, was delivered by the Ancient Greeks and was initially used by the Romans and posterior by the Byzantines. In the book "Tactics" written by Leo VI, who is well known as Leo VI the Wise mentions that among the siege machines the so called ''seige rams'' is included. For the protection of the city walls, against the siege rams, packsaddles field by straw or sand were used.

EMBLEM SYMBOLISM

The head of the ram, in various representations of the Ionians, were symbolizing the force and the power. The ram in ancient time was the symbol of freedom, due to the fact that Frixus and Elli mounted on a ram in their attempt to escape from inner Asia to the free and democratic Greece. The famous Golden Fleece, which Jason managed to seize with the help of Argonauts, and during his attempt to take it he killed the dreadful dragon, symbol of slavery, and he emancipated the daughter, was a Ram fleece.

Over the ram there is an epigram says ''as long with the words the acts come'', meaning immediate after a decision has been taken, it must be implemented, exactly how it is done in the operations of the Corps of Engineer.

This epigram expresses the military principle, which was adopted, preserved and delivered by the Ancient Greeks through Byzantine to the modern times. Leo VI the Wise mentioned the following in his essay "Tactics”

MISSION

The primarily role of the Engineer in the theater of operation is the support of the friendly forces, in order to facilitate their mobility and increase their combat ability and in return to hinder the enemy’s mobility and reduce his combat ability.
 

EMBLEM MEANING

God of HERMES with laurel frame wreath and includes the following elements:

•    Electron: Refers to contemporary microelectronic digital information technology.
•    Double Thunderbolt: Refers to Information and Communication systems.

 Slogan: “ΤΟΙΣ ΕΠΙΤΗΔΙΟΙΣ ΧΡΩ”

EMBLEM SYMBOLISM

Hermes was one of the 12 Gods of Olympus, son of Zeus and Maya’s, who was daughter of Atlas and was appointed by his father as the preacher, the messenger, and the executor of his orders.
The verse written by Thales to Milesius means "To use the appropriate ones".

Mission

Mission of the Research and Informatics is to ensure the Army's communication capabilities in peacetime, crisis and wartime for maintaining the command and control system, the enhancement the coordination among the Armed Forces, the operational management as well as the field monitoring via electronic means.
 

Emblem

It has the shape of a medieval shield of black color including a yellow sword, which in antiquity was the paramount weapon of lightly armed segments that undertook extraordinary missions. The sword is held vertically by two wings with sea – blue color.

Symbolism of the emblem

The wings indicate the possibility of performing, inter alia, special operations via parachuting.

Byword: On a white arched tape located at the top of the emblem, there is the inscription "O TOLMON NIKA", meaning "The courage is the most important factor for victory".