The young lady on horseback below is Mary Barber, TIME Inc.'s string
correspondent in Athens. On the morning this photograph was taken a few
weeks ago she was returning from a twelve-hour night patrol with a
complement of Greek Army cavalrymen in the "bandit-infested"
countryside south of the town of Komotine, Thrace. The purpose of her
night ride was to observe the workings of the officer observer-advisers
of the U.S. Army Group in Greece. Cabled she:
"As our cavalcade of 50 horsemen, armed with six Bren guns, eight
Thompsons and rifles, trotted down Komotine's cobbled streets, the
inhabitants hung out of their windows to see what was happening. Curfew
was in force because the rebels had shelled the town with 65 mm. cannon
a few nights before. Out in the countryside the scent of almond
blossoms filled the damp air. Overhead the sky was clear and stars
shone back from puddles of water and the shallow streams we crossed.
Occasionally, glowworms, kicked up by the horses' hooves, lit the path.