Balkan Military History is devoted to the study of the military history of the Balkans.
It is aimed primarily at wargamers and others with an interest in the region and its fascinating history.
This is the new home of Balkan Military History. We have been covering this subject for 19 years and it was time for a major rebuild. The old site is still there as an archive while we construct this new resource.
'Border' by Kapka Kassabova
The editor's review of a a new travelogue of a part of the Balkans rarely visited or written about - Thrace. Well worth a read.
New York Librarian who nearly ruled the Ottoman Empire
If the Ottoman Empire had survived, Osman Bayezid would have become the ruler of the once powerful dynasty. Instead, the last family heir worked as a librarian, did puppet shows for kids and devoted his life to taking care of his mother. Here is his story.
Struma Valley 1916-18
The latest edition of the New Mosquito (Salonika Campaign Society) features a series of articles on actions by XVI Corps in the valley. The main article covers brigade sized operations, ideal for wargamers. From a Scottish perspective, the daughter of a scout serving with 1/2 Scottish Horse is well worth a read.
Hail Inalcik passes away
World-renowned Turkish historian Halil İnalcık has died at the age of 100. İnalcık was one of the most respected historians in Turkey and the founder of the Department of History at Bilkent University.
Greece, The Decade of War
David Brewer's book covers the period from Mussolini's occupation of Albania in 1939, to the end of civil war in 1949.
The focus is on the occupation with chapters on the various resistance movements and support from SOE, as well as the impact of occupation on the people of Greece. The final chapters cover the civil war that started when the Germans withdrew. This is a very readable and well written study of the whole period. Recommended.
Salonica 1916 - Out of the Birdcage
Our latest feature article is on another Balkan anniversary. The centenary of the allied advance out of Salonika in 1916 and the consequential battles on the Vardar, Doiran and the Struma River valley. This will also feature in the Editor's Balkan tour this year.
John Bellany Exhibition
During the First World War, the Scottish Women’s Hospitals were set up in war zones across Europe, including the Balkans. Scottish artist John Bellany (1942-2013) produced a series of oil paintings and drawings inspired by the experiences of the wounded soldiers and the nurses that cared for them. They are currently on display in an exhibition at the Scottish Parliament.
Ottoman Library goes digital
The IRCICA library in Istanbul has transferred exclusive reference books and documents about the Ottoman Empire in Ottoman Turkish to digital platforms, enabling researchers from all over the world to study history first-hand.
Sights to see in Serbia
We have revamped the Serbia travel page and included lots more pictures. These include the huge fortresses at Belgrade and Petrovaradin, as well as the medieval castles at Smederevo, Golubac and Ram.
Serbian stamps honour Scots WW1 heroines
Scottish women who volunteered in Serbia during World War One are being commemorated in a series of stamps. The British Embassy has teamed up with Serbia Post to celebrate the efforts of the Scottish heroines.
What's going on between Russia and Turkey?
Deepak Tripathi explains the history behind recent events in the Middle East.
Suleiman the Magnificent's tomb found in Hungary
What is thought to be the sultan's tomb has been located in a former Ottoman settlement that was destroyed in the 1680s and rediscovered in 2013. It is believed Suleiman's organs were buried in Hungary and his body taken back to his capital, where it is still entombed at the Suleymaniye Mosque, one of Istanbul's best-known sights.
2017 Balkan Centenaries
617 - Byzantine Empire buys off the Sassanid siege of Constantinople.
717 - Arab siege of Constantinople
917 - Battle of Achelous. Bulgars repluse a Byzantine invasion.
1117 - Hungary and Venice contest the Dalmatian coast.
1217 - Stefan Nemanjic is elevated as first King of Serbia
1717 – Prince Eugene captures Belgrade
1867 – Austro-Hungarian Empire established
1917 – Doiran, Struma Valley and Greece joins the war.
The Editor's 2016 Balkan tour was to Greek Macedonia. This guide covers the sights of interest including ancient Macedon and the range of 20th Century conflicts. The focus was on WW1, with the centenary of the 1916 Salonica Campaign offensive.