Major Wars Of 20th Century
Second Greco Turkish War
Years 1919 1922 Battle deaths 50,000 The Greco Turkish War of 1919 1922, also called the War in Asia Minor, and (in Turkey) a part of the Turkish War of Independence, was a war between Greece and Turkey fought in the wake of World War I. The war arose because the western Allies, particularly British Prime Minister David Lloyd George, had promised Greece territorial gains at the expense of the Ottoman Empire if Greece entered the war on the Allied side. These included eastern Thrace, the islands of Imbros and Tenedos, and parts of western Anatolia around the city of Smyrna (current day yzmir), all of which had substantial Greek populations.