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‘The Gardeners of Salonika’ as Clemenceau contemptuously labelled them, could well be called the forgotten army of the First World War. Yet the Macedonian Campaign was, in Lord Hankey’s words, ‘the most controversial of all the so-called sideshows.’ In his definitive The First World War (1999) Sir John Keegan hailed Alan Palmer for having written ‘the best study of the Macedonian Front in English.’
Palmer tells the story of this extraordinary polyglot army (it included, at various times, contingents from seven countries) from the first landing at Salonika in 1915 to the peace in 1918. He also illuminates the political and strategic background: the ceaseless argument in London and Paris over the army’s future and the maze of Greek politics within which it and its commanders were enclosed.
‘A masterly and colourful account of this, the most controversial and neglected sideshow of them all.’Guardian
‘Not only a valuable contribution to history, but also an enthralling book’ Sunday Times
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