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 going for 20 years and it was time for a major rebuild. The old site is still there as an archive while we construct this new resource. You can also follow us on Twitter 'Balkan History' @Balkan_Dave
The Serbian Army of the Great War
Our review of Dusan Babac's book on the Serbian army 1914-18. Profusively illustrated study of the army, with a good overview of the main campaigns. The definitive book on the subject.
The Battle of Kosovo 1389 - An Albanian Epic
Our review of Anna Di Lellio's book on the battle. This provides an alternative perspective to the Serbian tradition using the Albanian oral tradition and other sources. The author sets out the competing narratives, together with English translations of the Albanian songs.
The Forgotten 500
Our review of Gregory Freeman's 'The Forgotten 500'. This is the story of Operation Halyard the largest rescue of allied aircrew in WW2. Over 500 airmen were airlifted out of the hills of Nazi occupied Yugoslavia in August 1944.
Museums of Sarajevo
A handy new guide to the musuems of Sarajevo.
Roman units in the Balkans
Our review of a new Osprey on a Balkan subject by Rafaele D'Amato covers Roman units in the Balkans and further east, from 31BC to AD195. He identifies all the units that served during this period, and with the latest archeological evidence, shows how local influences changed the equipment and clothing of these units.
Wallachian and Moldovan troops of the Napoleonic wars
A guest post by Andrew Prockter outlines the armed forces of the Wallachian and Moldovan principalities during the Napoleonic wars.
Garibaldini in the First Balkan War
After the reunification of Italy, the Red Shirted Garibaldini fought in many wars supporting national/liberal causes. There was a particular affinity with Greece, so at the outbreak of the First Balkan War, Ricciotti Garibaldi (son of Giuseppe) raised a multi-national force of 1300 men. They fought with the Greek army and their story is told in an article in the latest edition of 'The Foreign Correspondent'.
The Zadruga in the Military Border
This feature article looks at the Zadruga households of the grenzer in the military border.
Rome's Gothic Wars
Our review of Michael Kulikowski's book Rome's Gothic Wars. this is easily the most readable book on the Goths in print.
'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.
Salonica 1916 - Out of the Birdcage
This 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.
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.
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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.
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.