The New Mosquito of April 2015 (issue 31) contains a fascinating article by Dr James Wearn of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, entitled ‘Risking their lives to collect plants on the Salonika Front’. It is about the eight members of Kew Gardens’ staff who served in Salonika with the armed forces, but were able to collect plants as an extra-curricular activity.
Some while later I was contacted about this article by Emeritus Professor Arne Strid, distinguished Swedish botanist and expert on Greek flora, whose two-volume Atlas of the Aegean Flora was published in 2016. Professor Strid provided additional interesting information about plant collecting in the region and kindly allowed me reproduce this here.
Continue reading “Plant specimens collected on the Salonica Front”
Happy Christmas to all our members, friends and visitors!
We thank you for your continued interest in the campaign and helping keep alive the memory of all those who served, whether they came home or still lie in the Balkans.
Continue reading “Happy Christmas!”
Here’s a recent addition to my postcard collection which is, conveniently enough, festive. This time we are going over ‘the other side of the wire’ with a German postcard.
Continue reading “Faces of the Balkans : Festive Feldartillerie”
Now to finish the story of the Brigade Jouinot-Gambetta. I’m rather late with this as the capture of Skopje (Uskub) was all over by 9am!
Continue reading ““The women kept kissing our hands …””
On the morning of September 14, 500 guns opened up along the mountains and ravines between Monastir and the Vardar. Continue reading “14 September 1918 : the allied offensive begins”