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194 The Chataldzha Armistice

With the failure of Bulgaria's assault on the Chataldzha line, the pace of the war has declined and the Tsar accepted that an armistice is necessary. But the terms of that armistice are already controversial, bringing Europe to the brink of war.



Major Characters in this Episode

Tsar Ferdinand

M. Daneff

PM Venizelos


Timeline for this Episode (old calendar)

  • 1912, Nov 6-7th - Four Bulgarian torpedo boats managed to hit the Turkish cruiser Hamidiye with a torpedo, forcing it to abandon plans to shell the Bulgarian coastline.

  • 1912, Nov 7th - The Battle of Lesbos begins.

  • 1912, Nov 8th - The Bulgarians capture Komotini before advancing towards Alexandroupolis.

  • 1912, Nov 9th - Serbian cavalry takes Ohrid.

  • 1912, Nov 13-15th - Battle of Driskos

  • 1912, Nov 14th - Battle of Merhamli

  • 1912, Nov 15th - Serb forces capture Durres and Tirana.

  • 1912, Nov 15th - An assembly in Vlora proclaims Albanian independence.

  • 1912, Nov 20th - A two month ceasefire is agreed to, excluding Greece.

  • 1912, Nov 22nd - Serbs take the city of Elbasan.

  • 1912, Nov 27th - A Greek submarine launches the first self-propelled torpedo at an Ottoman ship.

  • 1912, Dec 3rd - An Ottoman naval force attempts to break the Greek blockade of the Dardanelles

  • 1912, Dec 7th - The Greeks complete the capture of Lesbos.

  • 1912, Dec 7th - Greek capture of Korytsa

  • 1912, Dec 9th - The repaired Ottoman cruiser Hamidiye escapes the Greek blockade and rampages in the Aegean for a time.

  • 1912, Dec 22nd - Greek forces capture the island of Chios.

  • 1912, Dec 25th - A greek plane becomes the first to attack a naval vessel


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


Representatives after concluding the armistice
Representatives after concluding the armistice

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

The Ottoman Cruiser Hamidiye
The Ottoman Cruiser Hamidiye

A drawing of the Bulgarian torpedo boats which attacked the Hamidiye
A drawing of the Bulgarian torpedo boats which attacked the Hamidiye

A French map showing the overlapping territorial claims around Macedonia.
A French map showing the overlapping territorial claims around Macedonia.

An Austro-Hungarian newspaper about Albania's declaration of independence
An Austro-Hungarian newspaper about Albania's declaration of independence



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