One hundred years ago today …

One hundred years ago today, French General Franchet d’Espèrey wrote in his diary:

Tuesday, September 10th. I receive from Clemenceau authority to commence operations when I judge it suitable. Artillery fire to open September 14th. D. Day (‘Jour j’): 15th September.

What this laconic diary entry fails to convey is the frantic lobbying by his predecessor, General Guillaumat, to persuade his own government, 10 Downing Street and the Italians to approve his planned offensive.  As Alan Palmer puts it in The Gardeners of Salonika (p196):

He [Franchet d’Espèrey] had won the battle against the Westerners: now there remained only the enemy.


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 to 1917, mainly in the Struma valley. Opinions expressed in these posts are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society.