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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse08 Oct 2016 10:22 p.m. PST

"October 4th was the one-hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the SS Gallia, one of the worst maritime disasters of the First World War. What made it even more terrible was that this was one of four similar tragedies, each involving troopships, each involving very heavy loss of life. It also underlines the fact that the closed waters of the Mediterranean became a happy hunting-ground for German and Austro-Hungarian U-boats in those years. Without effectively escorted convoys, and in the absence of effective submarine-detection technology, highly vulnerable Allied shipping was offered up likes lambs to the slaughter.

The Salonika front, on which British, French and Serbian troops faced Bulgarian and German forces in Macedonia, is all but forgotten today. Though it absorbed large numbers of troops, who sustained serious losses through disease, it saw only intermittent though bitter and inconclusive fighting in 1916 and 1917. A major Allied offensive was to be unleashed successfully from it in the last months of the war. Established in October 1915, this front tied down a vast number of troops by 1917 no less than 24 divisions were deployed there: six French, six Serbian, seven British, one Italian and three Greek, plus two Russian brigades. Supply had to be by sea, necessitating a heavy commitment of troop and hospital ships, plus innumerable cargo vessels, to maintain a long and vulnerable supply line that led primarily to France.


Large pre-war liners were ideal as troopships due to their large passenger capacity and the high speeds which were likely to make them difficult targets for U-boats. Four of these were to be sunk with heavy loss of life, three of them while supporting Salonika…"
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stecal Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2016 6:49 a.m. PST

Thanks, the author's website introduced me to The Dawlish Chronicles. Not exactly a lot of novels out there covering the ironclad Turkish navy in the Russo-Turkish war.

RudyNelson09 Oct 2016 7:37 a.m. PST

Outstanding

Reactionary09 Oct 2016 2:30 p.m. PST

I can recommend the Dawlish Chronicles, rip roaring action that seems to me to be very true to the historical record.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse09 Oct 2016 3:05 p.m. PST

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse09 Oct 2016 3:06 p.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend!. (smile).


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Armand

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