British Salonika Army

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British Salonika Army
Active World War I
Country United Kingdom
Branch British Army
Type Army

The British Salonika Army was a British field army of the British Army during World War I.

First World War[edit]

The Army was formed in Salonika under Lieutenant General George Milne to oppose Bulgarian advances in the region as part of the Macedonian front (World War I).[1] The army arrived in Salonika (along with French troops) on October 15, 1915.[2] It eventually comprised two corps and remained in place until 1921.[3]

Component units[edit]

(British Salonika Force, March 1917)[3]

British XII Corps

British XVI Corps

GHQ Troops

Commanders-in-Chief[edit]

Commanders included:

  • May 1916 – September 1918 Lieutenant General George Milne[4]
  • February 1919 – November 1920 Lieutenant General Henry Wilson (concurrent with being Commander, Allied Forces in Constantinople)[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29851. p. 11931. 5 December 1916. Retrieved 2011-10-30.
  2. ^ Palmer Alan, The gardeners of Salonika, 1965, p. 11.
  3. ^ a b Alan Wakefield & Simon Moody, Under the Devil's Eye: Britain's Forgotten Army at Salonika 1915–1918, Stroud: Sutton Publishing (2004).
  4. ^ Heathcote 1999, p. 210
  5. ^ Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives

References[edit]

  • Heathcote, T.A. (1999). The British Field Marshals 1736–1997. Barnsley: Pen & Sword Books. ISBN 0-85052-696-5.