Meanwhile …

I’m going to take a break from French colonial cavalry to consider what the BSF was doing at this time, using the Official History of Military Operations in Macedonia (Vol. 2 – 1935) by Capt. Cyril Falls.

We left the British Army and the foreign troops attached to it on the night of the 24th September pressing forward to the Bulgarian frontier, the advanced guard of the XII Corps on the Blaga Planina, the XVI Corps on the southern bank of the Bajima Dere. According to the German account, the demoralization of the defeated Eleventh Army had spread to the troops of the First, whose defence had been brave and successful. It is probable that the the bombing of British aircraft had done a good deal towards bringing this about. Certainly on the 25th September the British and Greeks between Lake Dojran and the Vardar were more troubled by the nature of the country than by resistance of the enemy.

General Milne had no fresh orders to issue, merely directing the corps commanders to continue the advance on the 25th ‘along the same lines and with the same object as today.’

The ground crossed by XVI Corps and the Greek Cretan Division during the flanking attack north of Lake Doiran on 18 September 1918 (looking towards the Krusha Balkan Hills). (Alan Wakefield, September 2018)
The ground crossed by XVI Corps and the Greek Cretan Division during the flanking attack north of Lake Doiran on 18 September 1918 (looking towards the Krusha Balkan Hills). (Alan Wakefield, September 2018)

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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.