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When I initially read this I assumed that "Gocheva" instead of "Goceva" was a spelling error. However, having read some other sources, for example the report by Captain Evans from 1944, there is reference to a certain "Gotchi" (Goche), see below:

So it looks like the song may have been about this character's brigade as opposed to a brigade named in honour of Goce Delcev. it's been a while but I am sure I have read about this "Goche" some time ago.
Here is something i have on Ilija Dimovski-Goce, he was the legendary Macedonian Partizan commander from World War II & NOF.





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Singleton Argus (NSW) - Friday 11 October 1946

REBEL BANDS UNITE IN GREECE - HEADQUARTERS IN YUGOSLAVIA
(AAP).

Documents captured by Greek gendarmerie, which the British authorities believe to be authentic, indicate that all the

Government armed bands operating in Northern Greece are under the control of a "commander-in-chief.'' His general headquarters are at Monastir, Yugoslavia, and his field headquarters hear Koritsa, Albania. Operating under the nom-de guerre of "Colonel Gotse," he has been identified as Ilias Dimakis, a Macedonian member of K.K.E. (the Greek Communist Party), who is believed to be in high favor with Marshal Tito, the Yugoslav Premier.— (A.A.P.).
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The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) - Thursday 10 October 1946.

Greek Rebels Have H.Q. In Yugoslavia

FROM OUR STAFF CORRESPONDENT, IAN BEVAN.

SALONIKA, Oct. 9.-Documents captured by Greek gendar- merie, which the British authori- ties believe to be authentic, indicate that all the anti-Government armed bands operating in Northern Greece are under the control of a "commander-in-chief."

His general headquarters are at Monastir, Yugoslav, and his field headquarters near Koritsa, Albania.

Operating under the nom-de guerre of "Colonel Gotse," he has been identified as llias Dimakis, a Macedonian member of K.K.E. (the Greek Communist Party), who is believed' to be high in favour with Marshal Tito, the Yugoslav Premier.

Martial Law

From his headquarters, Dimakis controls supplies to the various armed bands, and co-ordinates their activities into an over-all plan nominally aimed at achieving auto- nomy for Macedonia, but more directly concerned with maintaining a state of unrest in Greece.

Northern Greece is unofficially under martial law, with all villages I under curfew from sunset to sunrise, and larger towns from mid- night to 6 a.m.

Despite widespread arrests of Communist sympathisers and the reinforcement of police and Army posts, the insurgents are still operating audaciously and successfully.

There is not yet civil war in Greece, but it is perilously close.

Army In Action .

The Greek Third Army of three divisions, which is stationed in Northern Greece, is expected to be reinforced soon by the Second Division of the First Army.

Even these reinforcements, how- ever, will be inadequate in this mountainous region, where it is estimated that it would take two full divisions 'effectively to patrol the Yugoslav frontier alone.

The insurgents are extremely well armed with machine-guns, light mortars and flame-throwers.

In the Gravina region they have attacked and either wiped out or forced the withdrawal of gendar- merie from 17 of the district's 18 posts.

Peasant Leader

Dimakis, the insurgent commander, was formerly a peasant farmer from a village near Kastoria (Macedonia).

Before joining ELAS (the Greek Left Wing resistance movement) he was leader of a band which operated under Ochrana, a movement aimed at annexing Macedonia to Bulgaria.

He took his band over to ELAS in 1943, and operated against the Germans, but fell foul of the Greek Communists in September, 1944, when he was forced to withdraw into Yugoslavia.

Marshal Tito's direct intervention restored him to favour with KKE (the Greek Communist Party).
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