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Bulgaria signs an armistice

French postcard celebrating the Allied victory at the Battle of the Marne with the Kaiser tumbling in the river, Germans (in green) fleeing. The French in blue and red advance and tend to German wounded. The British, France's ally, advance in the distance.
Caption: Dans un élan magnifique, les armées allemandes on passé deux fois la Marne. Tout va bien. Les troupes sont fraîches. (Agence Wolff)
Caption: With magnificent élan, the German armies have crossed the Marne twice. All is well. The troops are fresh. (Wolff Agency)
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On demande couturière pour recoudre les boches
Voulez vous que j’écrive a vos parents?
Poudres sèches pour la guerre future 1873
Sucre pastilles caramelle
Baton provisoire de maréchal
We need a seamstress to mend the Boche
You want me to write to your parents?
Dry powder for future war 1873
Caramel sugar lozenges
Marshal’s provisional baton
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French postcard celebrating the Allied victory at the Battle of the Marne with the Kaiser tumbling in the river, Germans (in green) fleeing. The French in blue and red advance and tend to German wounded. The British, France's ally, advance in the distance.

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Caption:

Dans un élan magnifique, les armées allemandes on passé deux fois la Marne. Tout va bien. Les troupes sont fraîches. (Agence Wolff)



With magnificent élan, the German armies have crossed the Marne twice. All is well. The troops are fresh. (Wolff Agency)



Signs and text:

On demande couturière pour recoudre les boches

Voulez vous que j’écrive a vos parents?

Poudres sèches pour la guerre future 1873

Sucre pastilles caramelle

Baton provisoire de maréchal



We need a seamstress to mend the Boche

You want me to write to your parents?

Dry powder for future war 1873

Caramel sugar lozenges

Marshal’s provisional baton



Reverse:

"Artistic Caricatures" (1re Série de 6 cartes)

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In the Balkans, where combined Serbian, French, British, Italian, and Greek forces had held a line facing three? Bulgarian armies that ran roughly along the northern border of Greece, the commander of Allied forces in the sector, French General Franchet d’Esperey, launched an offensive across the entire front on September 15, 1918. The Serbs, moving through the mountains, advanced 20 miles in two days west of the Vardar River. Cavalry (Moroccan French Spahis) move through the mountains and took Veles???? On to Skopje?? The French move forward. The two armies (1 and 2???) holding the Bulgarian right collapsed.

General Stefan Nerezov was commander of the Bulgarian First Army holding the Lake Doiran sector in the east. There the British attacked, but were repulsed with heavy casualties in two assaults over two days. Faced with the collapse of his right wing, and agreeing with the Germans that the Allies' supply problems would only increase as they advanced, Bulgarian general General Georgi Todorov, who had replaced the ailing Nicola Zhekov as Commander-in-Chief of the Bulgarian Army ten days earlier, concluded that the best action was an orderly retreat and ordered the withdrawal of his army holding steadfast against the British. Nerezov and his staff, prepared for further British attacks, were stunned.

The orderly retreat envisaged by Todorov and the Germans was not to be. Two RAF De Havilland 9s observed the Bulgarians streaming north through rocky valleys. Strafed and bombed by British, the initially orderly withdrawal turned into a rout.

Defeated, Bulgaria signed an armistice on September 29, the same day the British breached the Hindenburg Line on the Western Front.

1918-09-29