Salonika: Away from the Western Front

29 July 2018 | Bethany Reynard

Away from the Western Front has released a short film focusing on the First World War operations in the Balkans which drew in troops from across the globe.

photograph (Q 32160) British troops taking their daily dose of quinine, July 1916. In total the British Salonika Force suffered 481,262 non-battle casualties of which 162,517 were due to malaria. Copyright: © IWM.

Written and narrated by Alan Wakefield, Head of First World War and Early 20th Century Conflict at IWM, the film is produced by military film-makers Khaki Devil.

The film explains, the Salonika campaign quickly became ‘a forgotten side show’ for Britain after the war, despite the contribution of more than 200,000 soldiers to the British Salonika Force.

We should remember that soldiers do not get to choose where they fight and just because these troops were not facing the German Army on the Western Front does not mean their story should be forgotten
Alan WakefieldHead of First World War and Early 20th Century Conflict at IWM

The Salonika film is among the latest projects commissioned by Away from the Western Front, a UK-based charity seeking to raise awareness of the FWW campaigns in the Balkans, Africa, Gallipoli and the Middle East.

Discover more about the film here.