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Forgotten campaign of ww1,
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This review is from: The Gardeners of Salonika: The Macedonian Campaign 1915-1918 (Paperback)
I bought this book after reading a library copy, because my great-great uncle was there with the 12th Cheshires. You rarely hear of this campaign, it is never mentioned at all by TV documentaries. It had similarities with the Dardenelles campaign, but with the exception that it did have a positive bearing on the outcome of the war. It was far away, the men could not go home on leave, malaria was a major problem, the weather conditions were extreme, there was no real R&R opportunity for the majority of the troops, and because until the end there were no major battles or loss of life as in the famous battles of the Western front, the troops were derided at home as "The Gardeners of Salonika". The opposition was well entrenched on mountains and when the final battle was fought the 12th Cheshires, who led the British attack, were nearly wiped out.
You won't find anything about individuals like my relative, but it is a very readable account of the strategies and the events which shaped the campaign.