<– Part 64 – October 10, 1915  | Part 65 – October 17, 1915 |  Part 66 – October 24, 1915 –>

7,000 more men have died in this small area, with nothing to show for it.

The fighting continues at Artois and Champange. The fighting at the Hohenzollern Redoubt has flaired up; the British have suffered enormous casualties in the first few minutes, and do not seem able to retake it.

October 14 saw Bulgaria’s declaration of war again Serbia (followed by the United Kingdom
and France declaring war on Bulgaria on the 15th and 16th, respectively). The result of intense negotiations by all sides, it would appear the Central Powers have won. Because of Bulgaria’s strategic placement, the Entente powers would have benefited with another ally in the region (and one to engage the Ottomans and relieve Greece), while the Central Powers now have an uninterrupted land connection to all main fronts – Western, Eastern, Baltic, Mediterranean, and Turkish.

A German postcard commemorating Bulgaria’s entrance into the war on Germany’s side. The text reads “Bulgaria with us!”

Bulgarian troops have surged across the Morava river valley, and fierce fighting near Pirot continues, with the harsh weather dealing its own toll on the belligerents. Farther south, Bulgaria has advanced in the Ovche Pole plain, and, after defeating the Serbian troops at Kumanovo with decisive cavalry maneuvering, have engaged French forces at Krivolak.

 

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