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.
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