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French General Maurice Sarrail decorating officers near the frame of German Zeppelin shot down on May 5, 1916 by naval gunners in view of the citizens of Salonica, Greece. General Sarrail commanded the Allied troops at the front that included French, British, Serbian, Russian, and Italian troops, as well as a battalion of Montenegrin soldiers. The Zeppelin's frame is in the background, and civilians are among the observers of the ceremony.
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Salonicco — Il Gen. Sarrail distribuisce decorazioni nei pressi della carcassa dello Zeppelin
Salonique — Remise de décorations à des officiers devant la carcasse du Zeppelin par le Gen. Sarrail
Salonica — Gen. Sarrail decorating officers before the Carcass of a Zeppelin
Editeur Hananel Naar — Salonique
Proprieté réservée
Handwritten:
Orient - Vive la (?) Victor

French General Maurice Sarrail decorating officers near the frame of German Zeppelin shot down on May 5, 1916 by naval gunners in view of the citizens of Salonica, Greece. General Sarrail commanded the Allied troops at the front that included French, British, Serbian, Russian, and Italian troops, as well as a battalion of Montenegrin soldiers. The Zeppelin's frame is in the background, and civilians are among the observers of the ceremony.

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Reverse:

Salonicco — Il Gen. Sarrail distribuisce decorazioni nei pressi della carcassa dello Zeppelin



Salonique — Remise de décorations à des officiers devant la carcasse du Zeppelin par le Gen. Sarrail



Salonica — Gen. Sarrail decorating officers before the Carcass of a Zeppelin



Editeur Hananel Naar — Salonique



Proprieté réservée



Handwritten:

Orient — Vive la (?) Victor

East — Long live the Victor!

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Monday, July 31, 1916

"Around 127,000 Serb soldiers were concentrated at the end of June in camps prepared by the French on the Halkidiki peninsula. In July their numbers grew to 152,000. They received additional armaments and a certain period of extra training, after which they returned to the battlefield during June and July, mainly taking up positions in the area from Mount Kozuf to Lerin (Florina) in the central section of the Allied front north of Salonika. French and British troops formed the bulk of the Allied forces on the Salonika front, but there were also strong Russian and Italian units for a short time, compared to one Montenegrin battalion under French command."

Quotation Context

From their base in the port of Salonica, Allied forces had expanded their footprint in Greece to the frontier where they skirmished with Bulgarian and German troops. The French and British were joined by Russian troops that had sailed from Archangel on the White Sea, by Serbia's army, recovered from its defeat and forced retreat to the Adriatic coast, and by the Italian troops. The French had supplied and aided Montenegro in 1914 and –15, before its surrender on January 17, 1916.

Source

Serbia's Great War 1914-1918 by Andrej Mitrovic, page 164, copyright © Andrej Mitrovic, 2007, publisher: Purdue University Press, publication date: 2007

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1916-07-31, 1916, July, Balkan Front, Serbia, Serbian Army, Greece, Montenegro, Sarrail, Salonika, Salonica, Salonica Front, Salonika Front, Maurice Sarrail