The Salonika Front - WW1
The Salonika Front is arguably one of the most forgotten in terms of where British and Commonwealth troops served. It is known as the Salonika Front, centered in North Greece. The White Tower, overlooking the Thermaikos Gulf at Salonika. The Salonica front is characterized by its huge mix of nationalities and armies that took part in the actions and also the terrible conditions endured by the soldiers. At peak strength, the British Salonika Force (BSF) numbered more than 228,000 officers and men. The British employed volunteer units such as a Mule Corps and the Maltese Labour Corps. Australian, Canadian and New Zealand medical personnel were also part of the BSF and the volunteer Scottish Women’s Hospital had units attached to the Serbian army. There were around 160,000 admissions to hospital due to malaria over three years, which is almost equal to the fighting force. By the end of the campaign, more than 10,600 British soldiers had died in Salonika, many of diseases rather than from bullets or shells.
Remembrance trails are being developed, focusing on particular areas, battles or aspects of the war to famous and less well-known sites. Most of the war cemeteries and memorials are maintained by the CWGC's own staff.
The British Salonika Force
• 10th (Irish) Division (arrived October 1915, left August 1917)
• 28th Division (arrived October - November 1915
• 22nd Division (arrived November 1915)
• 26th Division (arrived November - December 1915)
• 27th Division (arrived November 1915 - March 1916)
• 60th (2/2nd London) Division (arrived December 1916, left June 1918)
This Tailor Made tour visits the battlefields of one of the least visited and much-overlooked campaigns of the First World War. All of our guides are knowledgeable, helpful and courteous. For anyone with a connection to the Balkan Front, a visit to the battlefields of Salonika Front is an essential and unforgettable experience
Our suggestion: A Long Weekend in the Historical City of Thessaloniki combined with visits to the Salonika Front.
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English speaking guide
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