salonika campaign


The Salonika campaign

  • The Salonika campaign

    23 October is the anniversary of the 1915 sinking of the Marquette with the loss of 32 New Zealanders, including 10 nurses. They were en route from Egypt to the Greek port of Salonika as New Zealand’s contribution to the little-known Allied campaign in the Balkans

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  • Page 2 – Lemnos

    The Balkan campaign of the First World War (also known as the Salonika or the Macedonian campaign) came about because of the changing strategic aims of the Allies and Central

  • Page 3 – Serbia 1915

    As New Zealand forces rested on the island of Lemnos in the autumn of 1915, the crisis in the Balkans intensified.

  • Page 4 – Campaign summary

    The failure of the Anglo-French advance into Serbia in November 1915 forced the Allied forces to dig in on the outskirts of Salonika in case the Bulgarians attacked Greece.

  • Page 5 – NZEF involvement

    The New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF) provided no combat units for the campaign in Salonika. The official contribution of New Zealanders was brief but marked by tragedy

  • Page 6 – Hidden Anzacs

    A number of New Zealanders served in the British imperial forces at Salonika rather than with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

  • Page 7 – Further information

    Recommended links and further reading about the Salonika campaign

The Ottoman Empire

  • The Ottoman Empire

    Few Kiwis today know much about one of our main First World War enemies, the Ottoman Empire - a sophisticated but often forgotten empire whose soldiers fought against New Zealand troops for four years in the Gallipoli, Sinai and Palestine campaigns.

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  • Page 5 - Ottoman Empire at warHow the Ottoman Empire fared during the First World War