British Regimental Histories

Published regimental histories can be useful sources if you are researching units or individuals who served with the British Salonika Force. Producing and maintaining a comprehensive list of relevant regimental histories is beyond my capabilities and the scope of this website, but fortunately the Army Museums Ogilby Trust offers an online search facility for regimental histories:

Of course, you will find that many of the publications are now out of print, necessitating a visit to a museum or trying to obtain it through the library service or second-hand booksellers. Fortunately, Naval and Military Press have reprinted many of these. You will find full details on their website.

Of course, I am always happy to promote any newly published books on the campaign, so please let me know if you are aware of any.

 

For World Poetry Day : Bill

On UNESCO World Poetry Day it’s good to be able to highlight a book which takes the Salonika campaign as its theme: Bill, by Richard Devereux. Richard is a Bristol based poet who has been widely published in anthologies and magazines. Continue reading “For World Poetry Day : Bill”

Faces of Salonika : Luigi Villari, Italian Army Liaison Officer

Luigi Villari (1876–1959) was an Italian historian, traveller and diplomat. He worked in the Italian Foreign Office and was later a newspaper correspondent. Villari served as Italy’s Vice-Consul in three American cities between 1906 and 1910. He devoted most of his life to the study of international problems, more especially to the relations between Italy and the English-speaking countries (Wikipedia). Continue reading “Faces of Salonika : Luigi Villari, Italian Army Liaison Officer”

Campaigns ‘Away from the Western Front’ explored with help from the National Lottery

Away from the Western Front, a registered charity, is delighted to announce that it has received a grant of £99,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its dynamic First World War centenary project which will explore the heritage of the men and women from Britain and its former Empire who served in the often overlooked campaigns of Salonika, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Mesopotamia and Africa. Continue reading “Campaigns ‘Away from the Western Front’ explored with help from the National Lottery”

Fronte Macedone 1916-1918 : an Italian perspective

It was a pleasure to hear from Prof. PhD Fabio Cotifava from Mantova in Italy recently. With a group of like-minded friends Fabio has created a website dedicated to the Salonika campaign, to promote the campaign in Italy where, as in the UK, it is largely forgotten. Continue reading “Fronte Macedone 1916-1918 : an Italian perspective”

New book: ‘Daring All Things – The Autobiography of George Kendall (1881-1961)’

To be published on 15 November 2016 by Helion & Company, Daring All Things is a unique and extraordinary autobiography, published for the first time 55 years after its completion shortly before Rev. George Kendall died suddenly in 1961, aged 79. Continue reading “New book: ‘Daring All Things – The Autobiography of George Kendall (1881-1961)’”

The New Mosquito : the Society’s Journal

There are many benefits to membership of the Salonika Campaign Societyyou can find them listed here – but an especially valuable, tangible one is our journal which is produced twice a year, in April and September. The New Mosquito started life in April 2000 as a photocopied newsletter of just nine pages; now it is a glossy, professionally printed journal of at least 28 pages – the Struma Special was an impressive 38 – and when appropriate (and funds permit) it includes colour pictures! Continue reading “The New Mosquito : the Society’s Journal”

A novel approach to the Salonika Campaign

The Birdcage

Book cover image: The Birdcage - a novel of Salonika, by Clive AsletWhilst novels set on the Western Front are not uncommon, those with a background of the Salonika campaign are even rarer than home leave was for members of the BSF, so it has been a pleasure to see the publication – during this centenary year – of The Birdcage by Clive Aslet.

Published by Sandstone Press on 16 June 2016, you can find out more about the author and the book at the publisher’s website. Continue reading “A novel approach to the Salonika Campaign”