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Sunday, December 15, 2013

100th Anniversary of the Balkan Wars of Liberation Against Islamic Rule

A troop of Turkish soldiers pose with their rifles, circa 1912 or 1913.

Christian Wars of Liberation in Europe
  • For nearly 500 years Christians fought wars against Jihadist Muslim Turks to liberate the conquered peoples of the Balkans from Islamic oppression. 
  • But a politically correct Europe refuses to celebrate this anniversary.  So here I am to do my little part.

2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the last of the wars to liberate Europe from the dictatorial and terrorist rule of militant Islam.

We have not seen any parades or fireworks in Europe marking the event.  After all, it is not politically correct these days to identify Islam for what it is.  But our ancestors had no problem marching to the front lines to do battle with evil and free the peoples of Europe from Islamic oppression.

The Balkan Wars were two conflicts that took place in the Balkan Peninsula in south-eastern Europe in 1912 and 1913.

By the early 20th century, Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro and Serbia had achieved independence from the Muslim Ottoman Empire, but large elements of their ethnic populations remained under Ottoman rule. In 1912, these countries formed the Balkan League.

Four Balkan states defeated the Muslim Ottoman Empire in the first war; one of the four, Bulgaria, was defeated in the second war. The Ottoman Empire lost nearly all of its holdings in Europe.

Ottoman Empire lost almost all its European territories to the west of the River Maritsa, drawing present day Turkey's western border. Large influx of Turks started to flee into the Ottoman heartland as a result of the occupied lands by the allies. By 1914, the remaining core region of the Ottoman Empire had experienced a population increase of around 2.5 million because of the flood of immigration from Balkans.

See more at the Balkan Wars.

The Bosnian Crisis of 1908 altered the balance of power in the Balkans and
precipitated events that would lead to the formation of the Balkan League.
(Cover of the French periodical Le Petit Journal.)

Albanian fighters in the employ of the Ottomans ready for a battle with Serbian forces in a photograph dated from 1912. At the conclusion of the First Balkan War, Albania—controlled by Serb and Greek troops—was designated to be an independent country.

Bulgarian troops camp outside the city of Adrianpole (now Edirne, Turkey) after capturing it; the end of the grueling five month siege of the strategic Thracian city, on the road to Istanbul, effectively ended the First Balkan War in March 1913. The minarets of the famous Selimiye Mosque can be seen in the distance.

Macedonian rebels advance along the road to Salonica (now Thessalonika, Greece), then a bustling, largely Jewish port city under Ottoman control, in a photo dated from 1912.

A group of Greek soldiers gather around a large gun on a barren
hillside in a photo dated from 1913.

Bulgarian airmen prepare for a mission to drop a bomb by hand on Adrianople (now Edirne, Turkey), from their Bleriot XI aircraft, during the First Balkan War, circa 1913. The Bulgarian Air Force was the first to use aircraft for offensive military action.

Soldiers pose with their weapons on the sidelines of a
battlefield in an undated photograph.

Two Ottoman soldiers flee the scene of the Battle of Lula Burgas, fought between Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 1912, where a Bulgarian advance routed the Turks and triggered fears that the Ottoman capital Istanbul could fall.

In a photo taken in 1912, Ottoman soldiers sport the their "fez" caps, headgear traditional to the whole region, across faiths. A generation later, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Turkey's stern and secular modernizer, would ban the fez from his military.

Soldiers remove the dead from the battlefield at Adrianople
during the First Balkan War.

A column of Bulgarian soldiers marches through the mountain pass of Belagradchick
along the Serbian border in a photo dated from 1912.

Turkish commander Fouad Bey made prisoner by the Serbians in
Koumanovo at the Belgrade fortress, 1912.

The Liberation of European Christians
Jihadist Muslim Turks (in red and tan) controlled much of the Balkans.
The Muslims were twice beating at the gates of Vienna, Austria in wars.
The Turks had conquered all of the Balkans reducing the Christian population to
near slaves in their own nations.  In war after war the Austrians and Russians
slowly pushed the Muslims out and liberated Christians peoples.

By the late 19th century the modern nations of the Balkans
began to appear after centuries of oppressive Muslim rule.
The Balkan Wars of 1912 - 1913 liberated almost all of Europe
from the Muslim Ottoman Turks.

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