By the tens of thousands, they marched through snow-capped mountains on the Serbian/Albanian border. Most of them injured or riddled with disease, the survivors of Serbia’s resistance in the Great War, military or civilian, shuffled towards the faint hope of Entente salvation on October 7th, 1915.
The last chapter from the first act of World War I was in the process of being written. That same day, the crushing weight of four armies – two Bulgarian, one German and one Austro-Hungarian – had broken the beleaguered lines of the Serbian defense. The nation that had started the war had already seen tremendous hardship, enduring repeated assaults by the Dual Monarchy. Now, the full weight of the Central Powers was being turned against them. It would cost Serbia 27% of its entire population.
The evacuation of what remained of the Serbian nation would finally prompt the Entente to act, thus starting one of the longest, and strangest campaigns in the Great War – the Salonika Front.
Despite its primary role in the conflict, neither the Central Powers nor the Entente seemed to give Serbia much of a priority. Continue reading