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207 Occupation

As 1915 comes to an end, Bulgaria suddenly finds a war it entered mere months ago entering a new phase. With the Salonika front settling into stalemate, Bulgaria now takes the role of the occupier, working to crush anything connected to Serbia in newly conquered territories. But a single overriding questions hangs in the air, what to do next?



Major Characters in this Episode:

Tsar Ferdinand

King Constantine

General Zhekov

Field Marshal Von Falkenhayn

Field Marshal August von Mackensen


Timeline for this episode:

  • 1915, Nov 29th - Bulgarian troops take Gevgeli and Dorian while also inflicting a loss on a British division.

  • 1915, Dec 19th - Serbs living in Macedonia, Moravia, or Bulgaria begin to be interned by Bulgarian officials.

  • 1915, Dec 27th - The Gallipoli Campaign officially ends with an Entente defeat.

  • 1915, Dec 29th - Corfu is occupied by Entente forces prior to the Serbian army being transported there.

  • 1915, Dec 30th - Bulgaria law enters into force in Macedonia and Moravia.

  • 1916, Jan 18th - Tsar Ferdinand and Kaiser Willhelm meet in Nis. Ferdinand is made a German and Austrian Field Marshal. Two days later he is made a Bulgarian Field Marshal.

  • 1916, Jan 17th - Montenegro capitulates.

  • 1916, Jan 29th - Bulgarian troops take Elbasan and reach the Adriatic Sea.

  • 1916, Jan 31-Feb 24th - Armed conflict nearly breaks out between Bulgarian and Austrian troops over possession of Kosovo.

  • 1916, Feb 7th The Battle of Verdun begins.


Sources used in this episode:

История на България в Дати by Vasil Katsunov, Plamen Mitev, Valeri Kolev, Evgenia Kalinova, and Iskra Baeva

The Balkans by Misha Glenny

Balkan Breakthrough by Richard C. Hall

The First World War by John Keegan

Kosovo: A Short History by Noel Malcolm


A photo of the 1916 meeting between Ferdinand, the Kaiser, and Von Mackensen.
A photo of the 1916 meeting between Ferdinand, the Kaiser, and Von Mackensen.

A map of who was occupying Albania by the end of 1915.
A map of who was occupying Albania by the end of 1915.

A photo of the exhumed bodies of Serbs killed by Bulgarian soldiers in the Surdulica massacre.
A photo of the exhumed bodies of Serbs killed by Bulgarian soldiers in the Surdulica massacre.

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