Ref: WW540, 1920, Harmsworth
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Original map first published c.1920. Republished July 2016.
World war one map depicting the Salonika Front, also known as the Macedonian Front, during the first world war 1914 - 1918. The Front was formed as result of an attempt by the Allied Powers to aid Serbia against a combined attack by Germany, Austria-Hungary and Bulgaria. The city of Salonika is located in Northern Greece and a major port of the Aegean Sea. The inset map depicts the Doiran District and battle line between Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece.
As published at the time of this map, c.19120:
Salonika was thrust into a position of strategic importance in the Autumn of 1915., when the Allies became aware that Bulgaria was mobilising her Army, although posing as a friendly neutral. Collectively the Allies assured Serbia of their aid in repelling back any further Austro-German attacks. Bulgaria, unknown to them, had decided as far back as March 1915, to join the Central Powers and signed a secret treaty in July. In mid-Sept. the Germans began their campaign against Serbia to clear the road to Constantinople and to reach and dominate Salonika, the great Balkan port which Greece held. M.Vanizelos, the famous Greek statesman, was Prime Minister at this juncture, stood by Serbia and invited the Allies to despatch a force to Salonika.
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