In 1912, the Balkan states formed an alliance in an effort to break free from the crumbling Ottoman Empire. Forming an army of some 645,000 troops from Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia and Montenego, they took on a force of 400,000 Turkish soldiers. Both sides were equipped with the latest weapons technology. This book looks at the diverse and sometimes colourful uniforms worn by both sides, paying special attention to insignia, weapons and equipment. It also gives an overview of the campaigns that became a 'priming pan' of World War I.
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Table of Contents
Historical Introduction /Chronology /Armies of the Balkan League: Greece, Bulgaria, Montenegro /Armies of the Ottoman Army /Romanian Army /Irregulars and Volunteers: Albanians, Macedonians, Turkish, Italians /Weaponry /Aerial Warfare: balloons and the first combat use of aircraft