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A British encampment at Zeitelik on the Salonica Front. Colorized version of a black and white postcard.
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Salonicco - Accampamento Inglese a Zeitelik
Salonique - Campement Anglais à Zeitelik
Salonica - An English Encampment at Zeitelik
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Editeur Hananei Naar - Salonique
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A British encampment at Zeitelik on the Salonica Front. Colorized version of a black and white postcard.

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Salonicco - Accampamento Inglese a Zeitelik

Salonique - Campement Anglais à Zeitelik

Salonica - An English Encampment at Zeitelik



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Editeur Hananei Naar - Salonique

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Tuesday, May 22, 1917

"The Army of the Orient had captured a few outposts at Doiran, on the Struma and at the foot of the Dobropolje. And for these pitiable acquisitions, 14,000 Allied soldiers—more men than Montgomery was to lose in the twelve victorious days of Alamein—had died, or been incapacitated, or taken prisoner. In any other war Sarrail's offensive would have been written off as a major failure and its author discredited for all time. But by the grim standards of 1917 these casualties were not exceptional. In that same month on the Western front eleven times as many died in front of Arras alone, with no gain of any strategic significant; and the French losses on the Aisne were even greater."

Quotation Context

French General Maurice Sarrail commanded an Allied Army of French, British, Serbian, Russian, and Italian units opposing a Bulgarian army supported by German troops on the Salonica Front extending across northern Greece and into Serbia. Sarrail's spring 1917 offensive began May 8 with British troops attacking on the eastern end of the line, with the other national forces attacking on the 9th. The battle continued for 12 days with little success, and when the Serbs prepared an attack for May 22 they found Sarrail had already canceled the offensive. The attacks in France — the British in the Battle of Arras and the French in the Second Battle of the Aisne — were failures. The Struma River flows from Bulgaria through Greece to the Aegean Sea; Lake Doiran and the peak of Dobro Pole are both on the border of Greece and, in 1917, Serbia. During World War II British General Bernard Montgomery led Allied forces to victory in the Battle of El Alamein in North Africa against German and Italian forces at the end of October to the beginning of November, 1942.

Source

The Gardeners of Salonika by Alan Palmer, page 131, copyright © 1965 by A. W. Palmer, publisher: Simon and Schuster, publication date: 1965

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1917-05-22, 1917, May, Sarrail, Maurice Sarrail, Doiran, Struma, British Camp at Zeitelik