First Battle of Doiran : Centenary Tour

We wish the members of the ‘First Battle of Doiran Centenary Tour’ bon voyage as they make their way to Thessaloniki today. This is an exciting tour as the group – led by SCS Chairman, Alan Wakefield – will have the opportunity to walk the battlefield exactly one hundred years after the opening days of the first Battle of Doiran.

These are just some of the highlights:

  • Monday 24 April: Visit British front line positions at Doiran including La Tortue / boat trip on Lake Doiran
  • Tuesday 25 April: Overview of Bulgarian positions including Grand Couronné / Bulgarian artillery bunkers
  • Wednesday 26 April: Visit Swindon Hill to follow attack of 79th and 77th Brigades / Petit Couronné for actions involving 10th Devons, 7th Royal Berkshires and 7th Ox & Bucks Light Infantry / key Bulgarian second line defences on Hill 340 and Doiran Hill
  • Thursday 27 April: Visit the ruins of Doldzeli village / Jackson’s Ravine / Pip Ridge from P5 to P1 to cover attacks made by the 65th and 66th Brigades

The forecast looks good for Thessaloniki with warm sunshine expected. It is sure to be a fascinating and moving trip and we wish them well.

You will find details of the next tour  – which is being run by a commercial company – online here. Details of future tours will be advertised on this website or in our occasional email newsletter, The New Balkan News. Please contact us to be added to the mailing list.

Photograph: SCS tour group at the 'Devil's Eye' on Grand Couronné, a key feature of the Doiran battlefied. Photograph taken by SCS Chairman, Alan Wakefield, in September 2013.
SCS tour group at the ‘Devil’s Eye’ on Grand Couronné, a key feature of the Doiran battlefied. Photograph taken by SCS Chairman, Alan Wakefield, in September 2013.

Author: SCS Web Editor

Robin Braysher joined the SCS in 2003 and soon after became editor of the Society's journal, 'The New Mosquito', a role he held until 2008. He then became the Society's web editor, a role he seems unable to shake off. His interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Fred, who served as a cyclist with the BSF from 1915-1917, mainly in the Struma valley.