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192 The Great Race

After two weeks of great victories, the Balkan states try and press their advantage. But above all, the great race is for the city of Thessaloniki.



Major Characters in this Episode

Tsar Ferdinand

General Dimitriev

General Savov

Greek Crown Prince Constantine


Timeline for this Episode (old calendar)

  • 1912, Oct 18th - Bulgarian units capture Nevrokop (modern Gotse Delchev).

  • 1912, Oct 19th - The Greek navy finishes taking the islands of Imbros, Samothrace, and Thassos after meeting little resistance.

  • 1912, Oct 19-20th - Greeks take Giannitsa, opening the way to Thessaloniki.

  • 1912, Oct 20th - Serbian PM Pašić orders the army to move to the Adriatic.

  • 1912, Oct 20-22nd - Greek siege of Preveza.

  • 1912, Oct 20-22nd - Battle for Prilep.

  • 1912, Oct 21-24th - Greeks suffer a defeat at the Battle of Sorovich.

  • 1912, Oct 22nd - The Ottomans appeal to the Great Powers to mediate an end to the war.

  • 1912, Oct 23rd - Bulgarian forces take Serres.

  • 1912, Oct 23rd - The Ottomans request Great Power warships enter Constantinople to help keep order.

  • 1912, Oct 25th - Bulgarian forces resume advance in Thrace

  • 1912, Oct 27th - Bulgarian units reach Thessaloniki hours after Greek forces


Main Sources for This Episode:

The Balkan Wars 1912-1913: Prelude to the First World War by Richard C. Hall


Prelude to the First World War: The Balkan Wars 1912-1913 by E.R. Hooton


The Wars of Yesterday: The Balkan Wars and the Emergence of Modern Military Conflict, 1912-1913 Edited by Katrin Boeskh and Sabine Rutar


The Greek King and Crown Prince entering Thessaloniki
The Greek King and Crown Prince entering Thessaloniki

A map of Bulgarian operations during the war
A map of Bulgarian operations during the war

A map of Greek operations during the First Balkan War
A map of Greek operations during the First Balkan War


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