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THE BALKAN COCKPIT THE POLITICAL AND MILITARY STORY OF THE BALKAN WARS IN MACEDONIA

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WITH AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOGRAPHS AND MANY
ILLUSTRATIONS BY H.R.H. PRINCE NICHOLAS OF
GREECE AND THE AUTHOR, AND SPECIALLY
DRAWN MAPS OF THE MILITARY OPERATIONS.

Several circumstances have combined to retard the
publication of these reminiscences of the epochmaking events which have opened a new chapter
in Balkan history. Delay in such cases has its advantages. If some vivid impressions are lost, we
are, on the other hand, able to correct too hastily
drawn conclusions and to appreciate moves on the
diplomatic chess-board which were, at the time,
incomprehensible.
Many excellent and instructive books have been
written on the Thracian campaign. Others have
arrived to describe the experiences of war corres- pondents with one or other of the rival armies. 1 propose, however, to work along somewhat different
lines. Stationed in the capital city of Macedonia,
I was able to watch the rise and fall of Young
Turkey, the temporary burial of the blood-stained
Christian hatchets, the collapse of Ottoman civil and
military power, the triumphal progress of the Greek,
Servian and Bulgarian armies in Macedonia, the
breakdown of the Balkan Alliance and the subsequent war between the quondam allies.

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