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The Salonika front from the other point of view

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Hi guys, as the Salonika front was mentioned in the Peerless thread, I'll share here some motoring photos from the other perspective - the Bulgarian/German positions. I'll add here photos from time to time, when dig some from my collection. Starting with a Bulgarian field repairshop, one of the men is the uncle of my late friend, himself a great oldtimer enthusiast and restorer. The car is most likely NSU, by the shape of the radiator.

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Published in a photo site archive site, but these are mine, too - a truck convoy and some trucks with their drivers. Most likely Benz?

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The HQ of the 2nd Bulgarian army /commander gen. Todorov/ with some of the vehicles attached to it: from left, a couple of staff cars /Opel and probably NSU/ and the ambulances - Protos and Horch.

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Here is another one, the HQ of the 2nd army plus German officers. Lots of staff cars and a captured British plane - a few British and french planes were captured intact or repaired, and used in combat missions by Bulgarian pilots.

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Detail with the aircraft, most likely AW FK3 Nr. 6219, landed by error in Bulgarian territory and used in numerous combat flights. The prop seems to be turning.

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But back to the ground and the four wheels: a truck convoy to the Salonika front:

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25 years fast forward. The year is 1942, the place is an old hangar at the Peynedrdjik seaplane base at the Black sea near Varna, Bulgaria. Surprisingly a few of these old WW1 vehicles have survived, stacked in there. Unfortunately all has been cleared postwar, today not a vehicle, not even a spare part is known to exist, neither from the WW1 cars, nor from the trucks.

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1 hour ago, Ted170 said:

Detail with the aircraft, most likely AW FK3 Nr. 6219, landed by error in Bulgarian territory and used in numerous combat flights. The prop seems to be turning.

The young British pilot, Lieutenant Stowew, with his Armstrong-Whitworth FK3 No. 6219, landed in error on the Bulgarian territory in early 1917

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1 hour ago, Ted170 said:

Detail with the aircraft, most likely AW FK3 Nr. 6219, landed by error in Bulgarian territory and used in numerous combat flights. The prop seems to be turning.

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The young British pilot, Lieutenant Stowew, with his Armstrong-Whitworth FK3 No. 6219, landed in error on the Bulgarian territory in early 1917

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Dutch airforce had a lot of german, french and british planes that had to land overhere in ww1. They just took all in 😉

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I am very glad that you like the photos! Won;t be able to show too many, as these are too rare. But going through my collection, still finding some:

The year is 1916, German made Mannesmann Mulag trucks lined at Gorna Djumaya /today Blagoevgrad/, a Bulgarian town in the rear of the Salonika front, a major point for traffic and distribution of the army materiel.

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A German staff car Horch at Kriva livada, 1916. /Kriva livada, nowadays a part of the small town of Kresna, is in Bulgaria, in the rear of the Salonika front/.

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A staff car with Bulgarian officers and one German. Also a truck with soldiers behind it. dated 1917

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A captured British aircraft delivered at the Levunovo rail station /at Levunovo were stationed both the HQ of the Bulgarian 2nd Army and the airfield of the 1st Airplane detachment, mostly fighter aircraft/.

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This one is mine as well, but can't find the original right now, so showing this not so big scan - Bulgarian staff removing parts from a shot down aircraft

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