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Under the Devil's Eye Britain's Forgotten Army at Salonika 1915-1918

by Alan Wakefield, Simon Moody

Under the Devil's Eye Britain's Forgotten Army at Salonika 1915-1918 Synopsis

The British Salonika Force landed in Greece in October 1915, to deter Bulgaria from joining the Central Powers, Germany and Austria-Hungary, in attacking Serbia. The campaign was, from the British perspective, always destined to be a 'side show'. Britain had no political, commercial or strategic interests in the region beyond prosecuting the First World War to a favourable conclusion, but the demands of coalition warfare made a continued Anglo-French presence necessary. From mid-1917, however, the War Office plundered the British Salonika Force's manpower to support offensives in Palestine and on the Western Front. Men who had joined up to fight the Kaiser's Army after its invasion of Belgium found themselves facing Bulgarians in a remote corner of Europe. The public at large either forgot about the campaign or joined in its denigration. 'The Devil's Eye' was the soldiers' name for the infamous Bulgarian observation post overlooking the British line at Doiran. The troops who fought in the Balkans, and especially the British contingent, became a forgotten army. Along with Gallipoli and campaigns in Italy and Palestine, Salonika is a 'missing link' in the British war effort of the Fi

Book Information

ISBN: 9780750935371
Publication date: 29th September 2004
Author: Alan Wakefield, Simon Moody
Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd an imprint of The History Press Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 288 pages
Categories: First World War, War & defence operations, European history, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000,

About Alan Wakefield, Simon Moody

Alan Wakefield is chairman of the Salonika Campaign Society and a member of the British Commission for Military History, the Western Front Association and the Gallipoli Association. Simon Moody is a member of the British Commission for Military History and the Society of First World War Aviation Historians, and edits the Salonika Campaign Society newsletter.

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