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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2017 12:04 p.m. PST

"The following pages are excerpts from Les armées alliées en Orient après l'armistice de 1918, Vol 1 L'Armée francaise
d'Orient, L'Armée d'Hongarie (11 November 1918 – 10 September 1919) under the direction of General J Bernachot.
This series is not a history, as such, but a collection of material from the French archives edited, annotated and placed in roughly chronological order. It makes no particular attempt at analysis, merely presenting the dry facts as they can be seen in the contemporary reports, telegrams, orders etc. That a statement is made does not mean it has been checked, let alone be true, only that it appeared in a reliable seeming document from the archives.
The series is also not particularly well edited: as well as a tremendous number of typographical errors and repetitions,
the sections alternate between past and present tenses, according to the language of the document they repeat. I have tried to put everything in the past tense for consistency but this has led to some very awkward phrasing.
I have generally only included materials of direct interest to wargamers – orders of battle, movements, strengths etc –
relating to the Romanian, Serbian, Czechoslovak and Hungarian armies and battles. I have left in a bit of political and social material but consider it, except when dealing with factual events, to be unreliable at best and completely wrong at worst. There is extensive detail on the forces and movements of the French in the area, but I did not feel it warranted the effort to include it as they remained a peace-keeping force (albeit not particularly neutral).

Much of the material on the Hungarians is from contemporary intelligence reports and is therefore not necessarily
entirely reliable – especially the political items – but the military items on the other armies is likely to be quite accurate, since they were allies and their were mutual liaison officers on the staffs. I have left out most references to the Banat, which is the area around Timiþoara (a.k.a. Temesvár), disputed by the Romanians and Serbs. The Allies imposed a neutral zone and the French forces mainly managed to keep those two nations apart. Unfortunately, although they tried to do the same with Hungary, they were much less successful with respect to the Romanian claims on Transylvania and Czechoslovak claims on northern Hungary.
I have changed all place names to those currently in use. This has proved tricky for many smaller places in Romania and Slovakia as generally the Hungarian name is used in the original (very occasionally the German). Adding to the problema is the many transcription errors in the names, making identification much more difficult. Where I have not been able to place a name to a modern town, it is indicated by italics…."
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Hope you enjoy!


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2017 12:13 p.m. PST

Let's not forget the great battle against Mokele Mbembe!






mghFond14 Nov 2017 11:18 p.m. PST

Armand, that link shows forbidden to access it.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Nov 2017 10:53 a.m. PST

Dany… dude! (smile)

I have not that problem my friend….


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