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MILITARY HISTORY

MILITARY HISTORY

Throughout the turbulent history of Thessaloniki, some pages have been imprinted with military, political, national and international struggles. Over the years, Thessaloniki fought, was liberated, participated, resisted and eventually displayed all the memoirs from the battlefields at the local War Museums and military cemeteries, one of which is the military necropolis of the Balkan Peninsula.

The war map of these routes includes and revives the Struggle of Macedonian Fighters, the places and conditions of the negotiations leading to the liberation of Thessaloniki in 1912, the Balkan wars and the city’s contribution to World Wars I & II. During the World War I, thousands of soldiers were transported to the allied forces of Entente via Thessaloniki’s vital port. French, British, Serbs, Italians and Russians formed the multi-national Eastern Command, based in Thessaloniki and launched the attacks at the Macedonian Front. The traces from World War II conflicts to Cyprus’ involution in 1974 complete the city’s rich history. Honoring the war heroes, as well as showing the appropriate respect to the enemies, the war chronicles of Thessaloniki shed light on their individual stories and invite you on a special trip down memory lane. 

Indian Cemetery of the British Commonwealth – Dendropotamos Thessaloniki

It is the only Indian cemetery in Greece. It contains the bodies of Indian soldiers who died during the Great War from 1916 to 1920, that is, 384 Hindu, 107…
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Military Cemetery of the British Commonwealth – Mikra Thessaloniki

Designed by Robert Lorimer. It contains the graves of 1,810 soldiers of the British Army and Navy, as well as, 149 soldiers of other nationalities. You’ll also find a memorial…
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Military Cemetery of the British Commonwealth – Exohi Thessaloniki

It started operating in 1916. Since many hospital units were located in the area, most of the soldiers buried in the cemetery were victims of Spanish Influenza. It currently contains…
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Zeitenlik Allied Military Cemetery

It is the largest military cemetery of the Balkan Peninsula and a place for preserving the memory for the next generations. It contains the remains of more than 20,500 Entente…
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War museum of Thessaloniki

It contains more than 10,000 memorabilia that reconstruct the modern and contemporary history of Greece. Commencing from pre-revolutionary period up to the Greek involution in Cyprus in 1974, visitors come…
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