Happy Lunar New Year!

This is a little late, but I wish you all the very best for the Year of the Pig. This year it’s an Earth Pig in the Vietnamese zodiac, so special for you if you were born in 1959. Are you ‘communicative, popular among their friends, with a strong sense of timekeeping’? Here are some appropriate photos from the IWM’s excellent online collection…

French Indo-Chinese Marine Infantry (Tirailleurs indochinois) of either the 1st or 2nd Battalion Tirailleurs Annamites rest in a military camp near Salonika soon after their arrival in Macedonia, May 1916. FRENCH FORCES IN THE SALONIKA CAMPAIGN 1915-1918 French Indo-Chinese Marine Infantry (Tirailleurs indochinois) of either the 1st or 2nd Battalion Tirailleurs Annamites rest in a military camp near Salonika soon after their arrival in Macedonia, May 1916. FRENCH FORCES IN THE SALONIKA CAMPAIGN 1915-1918 (click on the image to see full size) © IWM (Q 32002)

A pet pig being carried in a pageant arranged by the Regiment de Marche d'Afrique at Salonika, February 1916. THE MACEDONIAN CAMPAIGN, 1915-1918 A pet pig being carried in a pageant arranged by the Regiment de Marche d’Afrique at Salonika, February 1916. THE MACEDONIAN CAMPAIGN, 1915-1918 (click on image to see full size)© IWM (Q 31745)

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.