The Great Fire

Date September 1922


  • Blurb (Image & Text)


  • The Burning of Smyrna

Suffering repeated defeats against Kemal’s army in Anatolia, the Greek army withdraws from Smyrna. Kemalist forces enter the city on September 9, 1922. Four days later, fires rage through the Christian quarters of the city. Greek and Armenian homes are looted. An estimated 300,000 Greek and Armenian people flee to the docks in an attempt to escape the burning city. Three U.S. ships in the harbor decline to intervene because U.S. policy forbids American involvement in the conflict.