22 September 1918

In The Gardeners of Salonika (1965), Alan Palmer describes the optimistic outlook for the allies on 22 September 1918:

… The Serbs had, on the right, reached the Vardar twenty miles north of the old battle-line; and, on the left, they had established themselves west of the Crna [river]. The Italian 35th Division had taken Hill 1050, which to them was what the Grand Couronné had been to the British. With the good news of the Bulgarian retreat confirmed by air reconnaissance, Franchet d’Espérey issued a general order to each of the Allied Armies of the Orient:

‘The enemy is in retreat on the whole Front between Monastir and Lake Doiran. We have now to rout him, to take prisoners and capture his material by an unceasing and resolute pursuit. Outflank resistance and push forward light detachments, which should establish themselves on his line of retreat. The cavalry, whose hour is come, should precede the infantry columns and open the way for them.’

View around Hill 1050. Photograph by Fabio Cotifava.
View around Hill 1050. Photograph by Fabio Cotifava.

 

Bunker at Hill 1050. Photograph by Fabio Cotifava.
Bunker at Hill 1050. Photograph by Fabio Cotifava.

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.