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Salonica

Salonica (Thessaloniki), a base of Allied operations in the Balkans, suffered enormous damage in the first of August 18, 19, and 20, 1917. In the postcard, the Quay: Olympos-Palace.
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Salonique - Incendie des 18-19-20 Août 1917 - Les Quais Olympos-Palace
Salonica - Fire of 18-19-20 August 1917 - the Quay: Olympus-Palace
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Imp. Photo. des l'Ablissements Cm Collas & Cie, Cognac (Chte)

Salonica (Thessaloniki), a base of Allied operations in the Balkans, suffered enormous damage in the fire of August 18, 19, and 20, 1917. In the postcard, the Quay: Olympos-Palace.

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Salonique - Incendie des 18-19-20 Août 1917 - Les Quais Olympos-Palace



Salonica - Fire of 18-19-20 August 1917 - the Quay: Olympus-Palace



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Imp. Photo. des l'Ablissements Cm Collas & Cie, Cognac (Chte)

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A minor port populated with many refugees from the Balkan wars, Salonica was a Turkish city where the Young Turks conspired to seize control of the Ottoman Empire in 1908. In the First Balkan War, Turkey, fighting Serbia, Bulgaria, and Greece, lost the city which became part of Greece.

In a failed attempt to aid their ally Serbia, 13,000 French and British troops land at Salonica on October 5, 1915, opening the Salonica Front. By 1917, 600,000 Allied troops - French, British, Serbian, Russian, and Greek - were in the battle line across, roughly, northern Greece.

On August 18, 1917, fire broke out in Salonica, apparently accidentally. The fire burned for three days, destroying much of the city.

Salonica is a city in Greece.

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Statistics for Salonica (1)

Type Statistic
Population 105,000