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By Nigel Thomas, Dusan Babac, Darko Pavlovic

Fresh background may still remind us that it was once occasions within the Balkans which sparked off international warfare I (1914-1918), with the assassination of the Austrian inheritor Prince Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, and the resultant invasion of Serbia via Austro-Hungarian armies on 2 August 1914. however, the next four-year warfare in that theatre is often overshadowed via the simultaneous campaigns at the Western entrance. For the 1st time this e-book bargains a concise account of those complicated campaigns, the organization, orders of conflict, and the uniforms and insignia of the armies concerned: Austro-Hungarian, German, Ottoman, Serbian, Montenegrin, Albanian, British, French, Italian, Russian, Bulgarian, Greek and Rumanian.

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Old Contemptibles 23 The two main reasons, specified and unspecified, for not leading a unit on active service were either age/health, as is often proposed in regimental histories, or competence. J. Younger, 4th Royal Scots, for instance, resigned his commission on the grounds of illness in January 1915 without seeing active service. In terms of age, the territorial COs who took their battalions abroad were in fact only two years younger than those who did not. It is more likely that whatever the truth about age, health, and associated fitness, many of these statements were a way of cloaking the need to take action over low levels of appropriateness or competence, which could not be ignored.

19 Appointed to command the 13th Worcestershire on 11 November 1914, he swiftly came to grief. ‘Early in December 1914, rumours were rife that private soldiers were making indecent suggestions about [his] conduct … and these rumours continued. ’ Colonel P. 20 Hovell suffered from acne across the top of his back, and in India the pustules were pressed by hand by soldier-servants. It was this requirement of his Worcestershire servant which had started the rumour. Hovell was removed from his command in March 1915.

Pollok-McCall, 1/5th Royal Scots Fusiliers, an ex-Black Watch officer, who commanded the regular 25 Brigade between June and October 1918. The other was a ‘pure’ territorial: Lieutenant-Colonel Frederic Gustav Lewis, 1/13th London, a solicitor by profession, who commanded two territorial infantry brigades from August 1915 to December 1917. One can only conclude he must have been a highly competent officer. If, however, the group who did not take their battalions overseas are included, the overall viability rate for the territorial COs falls to 31 per cent.

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