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Bulgarian defeat

Treaty of Bucharest Treaty of Constantinople

Belligerents

 Bulgaria  Serbia  Romania  Ottoman Empire Greece  Montenegro

Commanders and leaders

Ferdinand I Mihail Savov Vasil Kutinchev Nikola Ivanov Radko Dimitriev Stiliyan Kovachev Stefan Toshev Nikola Zhekov Petar I of Serbia Radomir Putnik Stepa Stepanović Petar Bojović Carol I of Romania Ferdinand, Crown Prince of Romania Alexandru Averescu Mehmed V Enver Pasha Ahmed Izzet Pasha Constantine I Viktor Dousmanis Pavlos Kountouriotis Nicholas I of Montenegro Danilo, Crown Prince of Montenegro Janko Vukotić

Strength

500,221–576,878 348,000[1] 330,000[1] 255,000[2] 148,000 12,802[1] Total: 1,093,802

Casualties and losses

Bulgaria:[3] 7,583 killed 9,694 missing 42,911 wounded 3,049 deceased 140 artillery pieces captured or destroyed

Total: 65,927 dead or wounded Serbia: 50,000 9,000 killed 36,000 wounded 5,000 dead of disease[4] Greece: 29,886 5,851 killed in action 23,847 wounded in action 188 missing in action[5] Montenegro: 1,201 240 killed 961 wounded[4] Romania: 6,000+ negligible combat casualties 6,000 dead of disease[6] Ottoman Empire: 4,000+ negligible combat casualties 4,000 dead of disease[7]

Total: ~76,000 combat casualties ~91,000 total losses

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Second Balkan War

Kilkis–Lachanas Doiran Bregalnica Knjaževac Pirot Vidin Danube Kalimanci Adrianople Kresna Gorge

The Second Balkan War
Second Balkan War
was a conflict which broke out when Bulgaria, dissatisfied with its share of the spoils of the First Balkan War, attacked its former allies, Serbia
Serbia
and Greece, on 16 (O.S.) / 29 June 1913. Serbian and Greek armies repulsed the Bulgarian offensive and counter-attacked, entering Bulgaria. With Bulgaria also having previously engaged in territorial disputes with Romania, this war provoked Romanian intervention against Bulgaria. The Ottoman Empire also took advantage of the situation to regain some lost territories from the previous war. When Romanian troops approached the capital Sofia, Bulgaria asked for an armistice, resulting in the Treaty of Bucharest, in which Bulgaria had to cede portions of its First Balkan War gains to Serbia, Greece
Greece
and Romania. In the Treaty of Constantinople, it lost Edirne
Edirne
to the Ottomans. The political developments and military preparations for the Second Balkan War attracted an estimated 200 to 300 war correspondents from around the world.

Contents

1 Background 2 Preparation

2.1 Bulgarian war plans 2.2 Opposing forces

3 Outbreak of the war 4 Bulgarian offensive against Greece 5 Serbian front 6 Greek offensive 7 Romanian intervention 8 Ottoman intervention 9 Negotiating a way out

9.1 Armistice 9.2 Treaty of Bucharest 9.3 Treaty of Constantinople

10 Aftermath 11 List of battles 12 References 13 Sources 14 Further reading 15 External links

Background Main article: First Balkan War During the First Balkan War, the Balkan League
Balkan League
(Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro and Greece) succeeded in driving out the Ottoman Empire from its European provinces (Albania, Macedonia, Sandžak
Sandžak
and Thrace), leaving the Ottomans with only the Çatalca
Çatalca
and Gallipoli
Gallipoli
peninsulas. The Treaty of London, signed on 30 May 1913, which ended the war, acknowledged the Balkan states' gains west of the Enos–Midia line, drawn from Midia (Kıyıköy) on the Black Sea
Black Sea
coast to Enos (Enez) on the Aegean Sea
Aegean Sea
coast, on an uti possidetis basis, and created an independent Albania. However, the relations between the victorious Balkan allies quickly soured over the division of the spoils, especially in Macedonia. During the pre-war negotiations that had resulted in the establishment of the Balkan League, Serbia
Serbia
and Bulgaria signed a secret agreement on 13 March 1912 which determined their future boundaries, in effect sharing northern Macedonia between them. In case of a postwar disagreement, the area to the north of the Kriva Palanka– Ohrid
Ohrid
line (with both cities going to the Bulgarians), had been designated as a "disputed zone" under Russian arbitration and the area to the south of this line had been assigned to Bulgaria. During the war, the Serbs succeeded in capturing an area far south of the agreed border, down to the Bitola– Gevgelija
Gevgelija
line (both in Serbian hands). At the same time, the Greeks advanced north, occupying Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki
shortly before the Bulgarians arrived, and establishing a common Greek border with Serbia.

The Serbian-Bulgarian pre-war division of Macedonia, including the contested area

When Bulgarian delegates in London bluntly warned the Serbs that they must not expect Bulgarian support on their Adriatic
Adriatic
claims, the Serbs angrily replied that that was a clear withdrawal from the prewar agreement of mutual understanding according to the Kriva Palanka- Adriatic
Adriatic
line of expansion, but the Bulgarians insisted that in their view, the Vardar
Vardar
Macedonian part of the agreement remained active and the Serbs were still obliged to surrender the area as agreed. The Serbs answered by accusing the Bulgarians of maximalism, pointing out that if they lost both northern Albania
Albania
and Vardar Macedonia, their participation in the common war would have been virtually for nothing. When Bulgaria called upon Serbia
Serbia
to honor the pre-war agreement over northern Macedonia, the Serbs, displeased at the Great Powers' requiring them to give up their gains in northern Albania, adamantly refused to alienate any more territory. The developments essentially ended the Serbo-Bulgarian alliance and made a future war between the two countries inevitable. Soon thereafter, minor clashes broke out along the borders of the occupation zones with the Bulgarians against the Serbs and the Greeks. Responding to the perceived Bulgarian threat, Serbia
Serbia
started negotiations with Greece, which also had reasons to be concerned about Bulgarian intentions.

The territorial gains of the Balkan states after the First Balkan War and the line of expansion according to the pre-war secret agreement between Serbia
Serbia
and Bulgaria

On 19 May/1 June 1913, two days after the signing of the Treaty of London and just 28 days before the Bulgarian attack, Greece
Greece
and Serbia signed a secret defensive alliance, confirming the current demarcation line between the two occupation zones as their mutual border and concluding an alliance in case of an attack from Bulgaria or from Austria-Hungary. With this agreement, Serbia
Serbia
succeeded in making Greece
Greece
a part of its dispute over northern Macedonia, since Greece
Greece
had guaranteed Serbia's current (and disputed) occupation zone in Macedonia.[8] In an attempt to halt the Serbo-Greek rapprochement, Bulgarian Prime Minister Geshov signed a protocol with Greece
Greece
on 21 May agreeing on a permanent demarcation between their respective forces, effectively accepting Greek control over southern Macedonia. However, his later dismissal put an end to the diplomatic targeting of Serbia. Another point of friction arose: Bulgaria's refusal to cede the fortress of Silistra
Silistra
to Romania. When Romania
Romania
demanded its cession after the First Balkan War, Bulgaria's foreign minister offered instead some minor border changes, which excluded Silistra, and assurances for the rights of the Kutzovlachs in Macedonia. Romania threatened to occupy Bulgarian territory by force, but a Russian proposal for arbitration prevented hostilities. In the resulting Protocol of St. Petersburg of 8 May 1913, Bulgaria agreed to give up Silistra. The resulting agreement was a compromise between the Romanian demands for the entire southern Dobruja and the Bulgarian refusal to accept any cession of its territory. However the fact that Russia failed to protect the territorial integrity of Bulgaria made the Bulgarians uncertain of the reliability of the expected Russian arbitration of the dispute with Serbia.[9] The Bulgarian behavior had also a long-term impact on the Russo-Bulgarian relations. The uncompromising Bulgarian position tο review the pre-war agreement with Serbia
Serbia
during a second Russian initiative for arbitration between them finally led Russia to cancel its alliance with Bulgaria. Both acts made conflict with Romania
Romania
and Serbia
Serbia
inevitable.[citation needed] Preparation Bulgarian war plans

Ferdinand I of Bulgaria

In 1912 Bulgaria's national aspirations, as expressed by Tsar Ferdinand and the military leadership around him, exceeded the provisions of the 1878 Treaty of San Stefano, considered even then as maximalistic, since it included both Eastern and Western Thrace
Thrace
and all Macedonia with Thessaloniki, Edirne
Edirne
and Constantinople.[10] Early evidence of the lack of realistic thinking in Bulgarian leadership[11] was that although Russia had sent clear warnings expressed for the first time on 5 November 1912 (well before the First Battle of Çatalca) that if the Bulgarian Army
Bulgarian Army
occupied Constantinople they would attack it, they continued their attempts to take the city. Although the Bulgarian Army
Bulgarian Army
succeeded in capturing Edirne, Tsar Ferdinand's ambition in crowning himself Emperor in Constantinople proved also unrealistic when the Bulgarian Army
Bulgarian Army
failed to capture the city in the battle of Çatalca. Even worse, the concentration on capturing Thrace
Thrace
and Constantinople ultimately caused the loss of the major part of Macedonia including Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki
and that could not be easily accepted, leading the Bulgarian military leadership around Tsar Ferdinand to decide upon a war against its former allies. However, with the Ottomans unwilling to definitely accept the loss of Thrace
Thrace
in the east, and an enraged Romania
Romania
(on the north), the decision to open a war against both Greece
Greece
(to the south) and Serbia
Serbia
(to the west), was a rather adventurous one, since in May the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
had urgently requested a German mission to reorganize the Ottoman army. By mid-June Bulgaria became aware of the agreement between Serbia
Serbia
and Greece
Greece
in case of a Bulgarian attack. On 27 June Montenegro announced that it would side with Serbia
Serbia
in the event of a Serbian-Bulgarian war. On 5 February Romania
Romania
settled her differences over Transylvania
Transylvania
with Austria-Hungary
Austria-Hungary
signing a military alliance and on 28 June officially warned Bulgaria that it would not remain neutral in a new Balkan war.[8]

Peter I of Serbia

As skirmishing continued in Macedonia, mainly between Serbian and Bulgarian troops, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia
Nicholas II of Russia
tried to stop the upcoming conflict, since Russia did not wish to lose either of its Slavic allies in the Balkans. On 8 June, he sent an identical personal message to the Kings of Bulgaria and Serbia, offering to act as arbitrator according to the provisions of the 1912 Serbo-Bulgarian treaty. Serbia
Serbia
was asking for a revision of the original treaty, since it had already lost north Albania
Albania
due to the Great Powers' decision to establish the state of Albania, an area that had been recognized as a Serbian territory of expansion under the prewar Serbo-Bulgarian treaty, in exchange for the Bulgarian territory of expansion in northern Macedonia. The Bulgarian reply to the Russian invitation contained so many conditions that it amounted to an ultimatum, leading Russian diplomats to realize that the Bulgarians had already decided to go to war with Serbia. That caused Russia to cancel the arbitration initiative and to angrily repudiate its 1902 treaty of alliance with Bulgaria. Bulgaria was shattering the Balkan League, Russia's best defense against Austrian-Hungarian expansionism, a structure that had cost Russia so much blood, money and diplomatic capital during the last 35 years.[12] Russia's Foreign Minister Sazonov's exact words to Bulgaria's new Prime Minister Stoyan Danev
Stoyan Danev
were "Do not expect anything from us, and forget the existence of any of our agreements from 1902 until present."[13] Tsar Nicholas II of Russia
Nicholas II of Russia
was already angry with Bulgaria because of the latter's refusal to honor its recently signed agreement with Romania
Romania
over Silistra, which had been the result of Russian arbitration. Then Serbia
Serbia
and Greece
Greece
proposed that each of the three countries reduce its army by one fourth, as a first step to facilitate a peaceful solution, but Bulgaria rejected it.

Carol I of Romania

Bulgaria was already on the track to war, since a new cabinet had been formed in Bulgaria where the pacifist Geshov was replaced by the hardliner and head of a Russophile party, Dr. Danev as premier. There is some evidence[which?] that to overcome Tsar Ferdinand's reservations over a new war against Serbia
Serbia
and Greece, certain personalities in Sofia
Sofia
threatened to overthrow him. In any case on 16 June, the Bulgarian high command, under the direct control of Tsar Ferdinand and without notifying the government,[citation needed] ordered Bulgarian troops to start a surprise attack simultaneously against both the Serbian and Greek positions, without declaring war and to dismiss any orders contradicting the attack order. The next day the government put pressure on the General Staff to order the army to cease hostilities which caused confusion and loss of initiative and failed to remedy the state of undeclared war. In response to the government pressure Tsar Ferdinand dismissed General Savov and replaced him with General Dimitriev as commander-in-chief.

Nicholas I of Montenegro

Bulgaria's intention was to defeat the Serbs and Greeks and to occupy areas as large as possible before the Great Powers interfered to end the hostilities. In order to provide the necessary superiority in arms, the entire Bulgarian army was committed to these operations. No provisions were made in case of a (officially declared) Romanian intervention or an Ottoman counterattack, strangely assuming that Russia would assure that no attack would come from those directions,[14] even though on 9 June Russia had angrily repudiated its Bulgarian alliance and shifted its diplomacy towards Romania (Russia already had named Romania's King Carol an honorary Russian Field Marshal, as a clear warning in shifting its policy towards Sofia in December 1912).[8] The plan was for a concentrated attack against the Serbian army across the Vardar
Vardar
plain to neutralize it and to capture north Macedonia, together with a less concentrated one against the Greek army near Thessaloniki, which had approximately half the size of the Serbian army, in order to capture the city and south Macedonia. The Bulgarian high command was not sure whether their forces were enough to defeat the Greek army, but they thought them enough for defending the south front as a worst-case scenario, until the arrival of additional forces after defeating the Serbs to the north. Opposing forces

Concentrations of the forces of the Balkan states in June 1913

According to the Military Law of 1903, the armed forces of Bulgaria were divided in two categories: the Active Army and the National Militia. The core of the Armed forces consisted of nine infantry and one cavalry division. The Bulgarian Army
Bulgarian Army
had a unique organization among the armies of Europe, since each infantry division had three brigades of two regiments, composed of four battalions of six heavy companies of 250 men each, plus an independent battalion, two large artillery regiments and one cavalry regiment, giving a grand total of 25 very heavy infantry battalions and 16 cavalry companies per division,[15] which was more than the equivalent of two nine-battalion divisions, the standard divisional structure in most contemporary armies, as was also the case with the Greek and Serbian armies in 1913. Consequently, although the Bulgarian Army
Bulgarian Army
had a total of 599,878 men[16][17] mobilized in the beginning of the First Balkan War, there were only 9 organizational divisions, giving a divisional strength closer to an Army Corps
Corps
than to a Division. Tactical necessities during and after the First Balkan War
First Balkan War
modified this original structure: a new 10th division was formed using two brigades from the 1st and 6th divisions, and an additional three independent brigades were formed from new recruits. Nevertheless, the heavy structure generally remained. By contrast, the Greek Army
Greek Army
of Macedonia had also 9 divisions, but the total number of men under arms was only 118,000. Another decisive factor affecting the real strength of the divisions between the opposing armies was the distribution of artillery. The nine division-strong Greek Army
Greek Army
had a total of 176 guns and the ten division-strong Serbian Army, 230. The Bulgarians had 1,116, a ratio of 6:1 against the Greeks and 5:1 against the Serbian Army. There is a dispute over the strength of the Bulgarian Army
Bulgarian Army
during the Second Balkan War. At the outbreak of the First Balkan War, Bulgaria mobilized a total of 599,878 men (366,209 in the Active Army; 53,927 in the supplementing units; 53,983 in the National Militia; 94,526 from the 1912 and 1913 levies; 14,204 volunteers; 14,424 in the border guards). The non-recoverable casualties during the First Balkan War were 33,000 men (14,000 killed and 19,000 died of disease). To replace these casualties Bulgaria conscripted 60,000 men between the two wars, mainly from the newly occupied areas, using 21,000 of them to form the Seres, Drama and Odrin (Edirne) independent brigades. It is known that there were no demobilized men. According to the Bulgarian command the Army had 7,693 officers and 492,528 soldiers in its ranks on 16 June (including the above-mentioned three brigades).[18] This gives a difference of 99,657 men in strength between the two wars. In comparison, subtracting the actual number of casualties including wounded and adding the newly conscripted men produces a total of no less than 576,878 men. The army was experiencing shortages of war materials and had only 378,998 rifles at its disposal.

Photo of a Greek (left) and Bulgarian (right) sentry at the port of Thessaloniki, during the period of joint occupation prior to the outbreak of the war.

The 1st and 3rd armies (under generals Vasil Kutinchev and Radko Dimitriev respectively) were deployed along the old Serbian-Bulgarian borders, with the 5th Army under general Stefan Toshev
Stefan Toshev
around Kyustendil, and the 4th Army under general Stiliyan Kovachev in the Kočani- Radoviš
Radoviš
area. The 2nd Army under general Nikola Ivanov
Nikola Ivanov
was detailed against the Greek army. The army of the Kingdom of Serbia
Kingdom of Serbia
accounted for 348,000 men (out of which 252,000 were combatants)[1] divided into three armies with ten divisions. Its main force was deployed on the Macedonian front along the Vardar
Vardar
river and near Skopje. Its nominal commander-in-chief was King Peter I, with Radomir Putnik
Radomir Putnik
as his chief of staff and effective field commander. By early June, the army of the Kingdom of Greece
Greece
had a grand total of some 142,000[citation needed] armed men with nine infantry divisions and one cavalry brigade. The bulk of the army with eight divisions and a cavalry brigade (117,861 men)[citation needed] was gathered in Macedonia, positioned in an arc covering Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki
to the north and northeast of the city, while one division and independent units (24,416 men)[citation needed] were left in Epirus. With the outbreak of hostilities, the 8th Infantry Division (stationed in Epirus) was transferred to the front, and with the arrival of new recruits, the army's strength in the Macedonian theater increased eventually to some 145,000 men with 176 guns.[citation needed] King Constantine I assumed command of the Greek forces, with Lt. General Viktor Dousmanis
Viktor Dousmanis
as his chief of staff. The Kingdom of Montenegro
Kingdom of Montenegro
sent one division of 12,000 men under General Janko Vukotić
Janko Vukotić
to the Macedonian front. The Kingdom of Romania
Kingdom of Romania
had the largest army in the Balkans, although it had not seen action since the Romanian War of Independence
Romanian War of Independence
against the Ottomans in 1878. Its peacetime strength was 6,149 officers and 94,170 men, and it was well equipped by Balkan standards, possessing 126 field batteries, fifteen howitzer batteries and three mountain batteries, mostly made by Krupp. Upon mobilization, the Romanian army mustered 417,720 men allocated in five corps. Some 80,000 of them were assembled to occupy the Southern Dobruja, while an army of 250,000 was assembled to carry the main offensive into Bulgaria.[1] Outbreak of the war Further information: Order of battle of the Bulgarian Army
Bulgarian Army
in the Second Balkan War

Initial Bulgarian plan of operations

The main Bulgarian attack was planned against the Serbs with their 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Armies, while the 2nd Army was tasked with an attack towards Greek positions around Thessaloniki. However, in the crucial opening days of the war, only the 4th Army and 2nd Army were ordered to advance. This allowed the Serbs to concentrate their forces against the attacking Bulgarians and hold their advance. The Bulgarians were outnumbered on the Greek front, and the low-level fighting soon turned into Greek attack all along the line on 19 June. The Bulgarian forces were forced to withdraw from their positions north of Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki
(except the isolated battalion stationed in the city itself which was quickly overrun) to defensive positions between Kilkis
Kilkis
and Struma river. The plan to quickly destroy the Serbian army in central Macedonia by concentrated attack turned out to be unrealistic, and the Bulgarian Army
Bulgarian Army
started to retreat even before Romanian intervention, and the Greek advance necessitated disengagement of forces in order to defend Sofia. Bulgarian offensive against Greece Main article: Battle of Kilkis–Lachanas The Bulgarian 2nd Army in southern Macedonia commanded by General Ivanov held a line from Dojran Lake
Dojran Lake
south east to Kilkis, Lachanas, Serres
Serres
and then across the Pangaion Hills
Pangaion Hills
to the Aegean Sea. The army had been in place since May, and was considered a veteran force, having fought at the siege of Edirne
Edirne
in the First Balkan War. General Ivanov, possibly to avoid any responsibility for his crushing defeat, claimed after the war that his Army consisted of only 36,000 men and that many of his units were understrength, but a detailed analysis of his units contradicted him. Ivanov's 2nd Army consisted of the 3rd Division minus one brigade with four regiments of four battalions (total 16 battalions plus the divisional artillery), the I/X brigade with the 16th and 25th regiments (total of eight battalions plus artillery), the Drama Brigade with the 69th, 75th and 7th regiments (total of 12 battalions), the Seres Brigade with 67th and 68th regiments (total of 8 battalions), the 11th Division with the 55th, 56th and 57th regiments (total of 12 battalions plus the divisional artillery), the 5th Border Battalion, the 10th Independent Battalion and the 10th Cavalry Regiment of seven mounted and seven infantry companies. In total, Ivanov's force comprised 232 companies in 58 infantry battalions, a cavalry regiment (14 companies) with 175 artillery guns, numbering between 80,000 (official Bulgarian source) and 108,000 (official Greek source according to the official Bulgarian history of the war before 1932).[19] All modern historians agree that Ivanov underestimated the number of his soldiers but the Greek army still had a numerical superiority.[1] The Greek Headquarters also estimated the numbers of their opponents from 80,000 to 105,000 men.[20] The Greek army, commanded by King Constantine I, had eight divisions and a cavalry brigade (117,861 men) with 176 artillery guns[21] in a line extending from the Gulf of Orphanos to the Gevgelija
Gevgelija
area. Since the Greek headquarters did not know where the Bulgarian attack would take place, the Bulgarians would have temporary local superiority in the area chosen for the attack. On 26 June the Bulgarian Army
Bulgarian Army
received orders to destroy the opposing Greek forces and to advance towards Thessaloniki. The Greeks stopped them and by 29 June an order for general counterattack was issued. At Kilkis
Kilkis
the Bulgarians had constructed strong defenses, including captured Ottoman guns which dominated the plain below. The Greek 4th, 2nd and 5th divisions attacked across the plain in rushes supported by artillery. Greeks suffered heavy casualties but by the following day had carried the trenches. On the Bulgarian left, the Greek 7th Division had captured Serres
Serres
and the 1st and 6th divisions Lachanas. The defeat of the 2nd Army by the Greeks was the most serious military disaster suffered by the Bulgarians in the Second Balkan War. Bulgarian sources are giving a total of 6,971 casualties, and lost more than 6,000 prisoners and more than 130 artillery pieces to the Greeks, who suffered 8,700 casualties.[22] On 28 June, the retreating Bulgarian army and irregulars burned down the major city of Serres
Serres
(a predominantly Greek town surrounded by both Bulgarian-to the north and west-and Greek-to the east and south-villages [23]), and the towns of Nigrita, Doxato
Doxato
and Demir Hisar,[24] ostensibly as a retaliation for the burning of the Bulgarian town of Kilkis
Kilkis
by the Greeks, which had taken place after the named battle, as well as the destruction of many Bulgarian villages in the region.[25] On the Bulgarian right, Greek Evzones
Evzones
captured Gevgelija
Gevgelija
and the heights of Matsikovo. As a consequence, the Bulgarian line of retreat through Dojran was threatened and Ivanov's army began a desperate retreat which at times threatened to become a rout. Reinforcements in the form of the 14th Division came too late and joined the retreat towards Strumica
Strumica
and the Bulgarian border. The Greeks captured Dojran on 5 July but were unable to cut off the Bulgarian retreat through Struma Pass. On 11 July the Greeks came in contact with the Serbs and then pushed on up the Struma River. Meanwhile, the Greek forces with the support of their navy landed in Kavala
Kavala
and then penetrated inland to western Thrace. On 19 July the Greeks captured Nevrokop, and on 25 July, in another amphibious operation entered Alexandroupoli, thus cutting off the Bulgarians completely from the Aegean sea.[26] Serbian front Main articles: Battle of Bregalnica
Battle of Bregalnica
and Battle of Kalimanci

Serbian troops with wireless field telegraph station during the Second Balkan War, on June 1913.

The 4th Bulgarian Army
Bulgarian Army
held the most important position for the conquest of Serbian Macedonia.[27] The fighting began on 29–30 June 1913, between the 4th Bulgarian Army
Bulgarian Army
and the 1st and 3rd Serbian armies, first along the Zletovska and then after a Bulgarian retreat, along the Bregalnica.[27] Internal confusions led to heavy Bulgarian losses in 1–3 July.[27] The Serbs captured the whole 7th Division of the 4th Bulgarian Army, without any fight.[27] By 8 July, the Bulgarian Army
Bulgarian Army
had been severely defeated.[28] On the north the Bulgarians started to advance towards the Serbian border town of Pirot
Pirot
and forced Serbian Command to send reinforcements to the 2nd Army defending Pirot
Pirot
and Niš.[when?] This enabled Bulgarians to stop the Serbian offensive in Macedonia at Kalimanci on 18 July. On 13 July 1913, General Mihail Savov
Mihail Savov
assumed control of the 4th and 5th Bulgarian armies.[29] The Bulgarians dug into strong positions around the village of Kalimantsi, at the Bregalnica
Bregalnica
river in the northeastern Macedonia region.[29] On 18 July, the Serbian 3rd army attacked, closing in on Bulgarian positions.[29] The Bulgarians held firm, the artillery was very successful in breaking up the Serb attacks.[29] If the Serbs had broken through the Bulgarian defences, they might have doomed the 2nd Bulgarian Army
Bulgarian Army
and driven out the Bulgarians entirely out of Macedonia.[29] The defensive victory, along with the successes to the north of the 1st and 3rd armies, protected western Bulgaria from a Serbian invasion.[30] Although this boosted the Bulgarians, the situation was critical in the south, with the Greek Army.[30] Greek offensive

Greek troops advancing in the Kresna Gorge

The Serbian front had become static. King Constantine, seeing that the Bulgarian Army
Bulgarian Army
at his front had already been defeated, ordered the Greek Army
Greek Army
to march further into Bulgarian territory and take the capital city of Sofia. Constantine wanted a decisive victory despite objections by his Prime Minister, Eleftherios Venizelos, who realized that the Serbs, having won their territorial objectives, now adopted a passive stance and shifted the weight of carrying the rest of the war to the Greeks. In the pass of Kresna (Battle of Kresna Gorge), the Greeks were ambushed by the Bulgarian 2nd and 4th Army which had newly arrived from the Serbian front and had taken defensive positions there. By 21 July, the Greek army was outnumbered by the now counterattacking Bulgarian armies, and the Bulgarian General Staff, attempting to encircle the Greeks in a Cannae-type battle was applying pressure on their flanks.[30] However, after bitter fighting the Greek side managed to break through the Kresna pass and captured Simitli, at 26 July,[31] while at the night of 27–28 July the Bulgarian forces were pushed north to Gorna Dzhumaya (Blagoevgrad), 76 km south of Sofia.[32] Meanwhile, the Greek forces continued their march inland into western Thrace, on 26 July, they entered Xanthi
Xanthi
and the next day Komotini.[32] At 28 July, the Bulgarian army, under heavy pressure, was forced to abandon Gorna Dzhumaya.[33] The Greek army was exhausted and faced logistical difficulties, but resisted strenuously and launched local counter-attacks. By 30 July, the Bulgarian army downscaled its attacks, having to repulse Greek counterattacks on both sides. On the eastern flank, the Greek army launched a counterattack towards Mehomia
Mehomia
through the Predela pass. The offensive was stopped by the Bulgarians on the eastern side of the pass and fighting ground to a stalemate. On the western flank, an offensive was launched against Tsarevo Selo with the objective of reaching the Serbian lines. This failed and the Bulgarian army continued advancing, especially in the south.[citation needed] However, after three days of fighting at the sectors of Pehchevo and Mahomia, the Greek forces retained their positions.[34] Romanian intervention See also: Romanian landings in Bulgaria Romania
Romania
mobilized its army on 5 July 1913, with intention of seizing Southern Dobruja, and declared war on Bulgaria on 10 July.[1] In a diplomatic circular that said, " Romania
Romania
does not intend either to subjugate the polity nor defeat the army of Bulgaria", the Romanian government endeavoured to allay international concerns about its motives and about increased bloodshed.[1] According to Richard Hall, "[t]he entrance of Romania
Romania
into the conflict made the Bulgarian situation untenable [and t]he Romanian thrust across the Danube was the decisive military act of the Second Balkan War."[35] On the day of Romania's declaration, 80,000 men of the 5th Corps
Corps
under General Ioan Culcer
Ioan Culcer
invaded Dobruja, occupying a front from Tutrakan to Balchik.[1] The corps cavalry occupied the port city of Varna
Varna
until it was clear that there would be no Bulgarian resistance.[1] On the night of 14–15 July, the Danube Army under Prince Ferdinand crossed into Bulgaria at Oryahovo, Gigen
Gigen
and Nikopol.[1] The initial occupation completed, Romanian forces were divided into two groups: one advanced westward, towards Ferdinand (now Montana), and the other advanced southwestward, towards Sofia, the Bulgarian capital, everywhere preceded by a wide fan of cavalry troops in reconnaissance.[6] On 18 July, Romania
Romania
took Ferdinand and on 20 July they occupied Vratsa, 116 km north of Sofia. On 23 July, advanced cavalry forces had entered Vrazhdebna, a suburb just seven miles from Sofia.[6] The Romanians and Serbs linked up at Belogradchik
Belogradchik
on 25 July, isolating the important city of Vidin. The Bulgarian rear was entirely exposed, no resistance had been offered, the capital was open to the invader and the northwestern corner of the country was cut off and surrounded.[6] During the invasion, the fledgling Romanian Air Force performed photoreconnaissance and propaganda leaflet drops. Sofia
Sofia
became the first capital city in the world to be overflown by enemy aircraft.[6] Romania
Romania
did not count any combat casualties during its brief war. Its forces were struck by an epidemic of cholera, which cut down 6,000 men.[6] Ottoman intervention

Ahmed Izzet Pasha
Ahmed Izzet Pasha
in uniform (c. 1913)

The lack of resistance to the Romanian invasion convinced the Ottomans to invade the territories just ceded to Bulgaria. The main object of the invasion was the recovery of Edirne
Edirne
(Adrianople), which was held by Major General Vulko Velchev with a mere 4,000 troops.[7] The majority of Bulgarian forces occupying Eastern Thrace
Thrace
had been withdrawn earlier in the year to face the Serbo-Greek attack. On 12 July, Ottoman troops garrisoning Çatalca
Çatalca
and Gelibolu
Gelibolu
reached the Enos–Midia line and on 20 July 1913 crossed the line and invaded Bulgaria.[7] The entire Ottoman invasion force contained between 200,000 and 250,000 men under the command of Ahmed Izzet Pasha. The 1st Army was stationed at the eastern (Midia) end of the line. From east to west it was followed by the 2nd Army, 3rd Army and 4th Army, which was stationed at Gelibolu.[7] In the face of the advancing Ottomans, the greatly outnumbered Bulgarian forces retreated to the pre-war border. Edirne
Edirne
was abandoned on 19 July, but when the Ottomans did not occupy it immediately the Bulgarians re-occupied it the next day (20 July). Since it was apparent that the Ottomans were not stopping, it was abandoned a second time on 21 July and occupied by the Ottomans on 23 July.[7] Edirne
Edirne
had been conquered by Sultan Murad I
Murad I
in the 1360s and had served as the first European capital of the Empire before the capture of Constantinople in 1453. Minister of War Enver Pasha, in a typical display of vanity, called himself the “Second Conqueror of Edirne”, although the conquering forces had met no resistance on the way to Edirne.[7] The Ottoman armies did not stop at the old border, but crossed into Bulgarian territory. A cavalry unit advanced on Yambol.[7] The Ottoman invasion, more than the Romanian, incited panic among the peasantry, many of whom fled to the mountains. Among the leadership it was recognized as a complete reversal of fortune. In the words of historian Richard Hall, "[t]he battlefields of eastern Thrace, where so many Bulgarian soldiers had died to win the First Balkan War, were again under Ottoman control."[7] Like the Romanians, the Ottomans suffered no combat casualties, but lost 4,000 soldiers to cholera.[7] During the invasion and in the aftermath of the conquest, the Ottoman forces carried out atrocities against the Bulgarians in Eastern Thrace and expelled nearly all of them, as recounted in the 1918 book The Destruction of the Thracian Bulgarians in 1913. To help Bulgaria repulse the rapid Ottoman advance in Thrace, Russia threatened to attack the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
through the Caucasus, and send its Black Sea
Black Sea
Fleet to Constantinople; this caused Britain to intervene. Negotiating a way out Armistice With the Romanian army closing in on Sofia, Bulgaria asked Russia to arbitrate. On 13 July, Prime Minister Stoyan Danev
Stoyan Danev
resigned in the face of Russian inactivity. On 17 July the tsar appointed Vasil Radoslavov to head a pro-German and Russophobic government.[29] On 20 July, via Saint Petersburg, the Serbian Prime Minister Nikola Pašić invited a Bulgarian delegation to treat with the allies directly at Niš
Niš
in Serbia. The Serbs and Greeks, both now on the offensive, were in no rush to conclude a peace. On 22 July, Tsar Ferdinand sent a message to King Carol via the Italian ambassador in Bucharest. The Romanian armies halted before Sofia.[29] Romania
Romania
proposed that talks be moved to Bucharest, and the delegations took a train from Niš
Niš
to Bucharest on 24 July.[29] When the delegations met in Bucharest on 30 July, the Serbs were led by Pašić, the Montenegrins by Vukotić, the Greeks by Venizelos, the Romanians by Titu Maiorescu
Titu Maiorescu
and the Bulgarians by Finance Minister Dimitur Tonchev. They agreed to a five-day armistice to come into effect on 31 July.[36] Romania
Romania
refused to allow the Ottomans to participate, forcing Bulgaria to negotiate with them separately.[36] Treaty of Bucharest

Map showing the final territorial gains of the Balkan countries after the Balkan Wars

Main article: Treaty of Bucharest (1913) Bulgaria had agreed to cede Southern Dobruja
Southern Dobruja
to Romania
Romania
as early as 19 July. At the peace talks in Bucharest, the Romanians, having obtained their primary objective, were a voice for moderation.[36] The Bulgarians hoped to keep the Vardar
Vardar
river as the boundary between their share of Macedonia and Serbia's. The latter preferred to keep all of Macedonia as far as the Struma. Austro-Hungarian and Russian pressure forced Serbia
Serbia
to be satisfied with most of northern Macedonia, conceding only the town of Štip
Štip
to the Bulgarians, in Pašić's words, "in honour of General Fichev", who had brought Bulgarian arms to the door of Constantinople in the first war.[36] Ivan Fichev
Ivan Fichev
was chief of the Bulgarian general staff and a member of the delegation in Bucharest at the time. When Fichev explained why Bulgaria deserved Kavala, a port on the Aegean occupied by the Greeks, Venizelos is said to have responded, "General, we are not responsible. Before [29] June we were afraid of you and offered you Serres
Serres
and Drama and Kavala, but now when we see you, we assume the role of victors and will take care of our interests only."[36] Although Austria-Hungary
Austria-Hungary
and Russia supported Bulgaria, the influential alliance of Germany—whose Kaiser Wilhelm II
Wilhelm II
was brother-in-law to the Greek king—and France secured Kavala
Kavala
for Greece. Bulgaria retained the underdeveloped port of Dedeagach.[36] The last day of negotiations was 8 August. On 10 August Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro, Romania
Romania
and Serbia
Serbia
signed the Treaty of Bucharest and divided Macedonia in three: the largest part, Vardar
Vardar
Macedonia, went to Serbia; the smallest part, Pirin Macedonia, to Bulgaria; and the coastal part, Aegean Macedonia, to Greece.[36] Bulgaria thus enlarged its territory by 16 percent compared to what it was before the First Balkan War, and increased its population from 4.3 to 4.7 million people. Romania
Romania
enlarged her territory by 5 percent and Montenegro by 62 percent.[37] Greece
Greece
increased her population from 2.7 to 4.4 million and her territory by 68 percent. Serbia
Serbia
almost doubled her territory enlarging her population from 2.9 to 4.5 million.[38] The Montenegrins at Bucharest were primarily interested in obtaining a favourable concession from Serbia
Serbia
in the former Sanjak of Novi Pazar. This they did, and it was later confirmed in a treaty signed at Belgrade on 7 November.[36] Treaty of Constantinople Main article: Treaty of Constantinople (1913) In August, Ottoman forces established a provisional government of Western Thrace
Thrace
at Komotini
Komotini
to pressure Bulgaria to make peace. Bulgaria sent a three-man delegation—General Mihail Savov
Mihail Savov
and the diplomats Andrei Toshev and Grigor Nachovich—to Constantinople to negotiate a peace on 6 September.[39] The Ottoman delegation was led by Foreign Minister Mehmed Talat Bey, assisted by Naval Minister Çürüksulu Mahmud Pasha
Çürüksulu Mahmud Pasha
and Halil Bey. Although Russia tried to intervene throughout August to prevent Edirne
Edirne
from becoming Turkish again, Toshev told the Ottomans at Constantinople that "[t]he Russians consider Constantinople their natural inheritance. Their main concern is that when Constantinople falls into their hands it shall have the largest possible hinterland. If Adrianople is in the possession of the Turks, they shall get it too."[39] Resigned to losing Edirne, the Bulgarians played for Kırk Kilise (Lozengrad in Bulgarian). Both sides made competing declarations: Savov that "Bulgaria, who defeated the Turks on all fronts, cannot end this glorious campaign with the signing of an agreement which retains none of the battlefields on which so much Bulgarian blood has been shed," and Mahmud Pasha that "[w]hat we have taken is ours."[39] In the end, none of the battlefields were retained in the Treaty of Constantinople of 30 September. Bulgarian forces finally returned south of the Rhodopes
Rhodopes
in October.[39] The Radoslavov government continued to negotiate with the Ottomans in the hopes of forming an alliance. These talks finally bore fruit in the Secret Bulgarian–Ottoman Treaty of August 1914. On 14 November 1913 Greece
Greece
and the Ottomans signed a treaty in Athens bringing to a formal end the hostilities between them. On 14 March 1914, Serbia
Serbia
signed a treaty in Constantinople, restoring relations with the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
and reaffirming the 1913 Treaty of London.[39] No treaty between Montenegro and the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
was ever signed. Aftermath The Second Balkan War
Second Balkan War
left Serbia
Serbia
as the most militarily powerful state south of the Danube.[40] Years of military investment financed by French loans had borne fruit. Central Vardar
Vardar
and the eastern half of the Sanjak of Novi Pazar
Sanjak of Novi Pazar
were acquired. Its territory grew in extent from 18,650 to 33,891 square miles and its population grew by more than one and a half million. The aftermath brought harassment and oppression for many in the newly conquered lands. The freedom of association, assembly and the press guaranteed under the Serbian constitution of 1903 were not introduced into the new territories. The inhabitants of the new territories were denied voting rights, ostensibly because the cultural level was considered too low, in reality to keep the non-Serbs who made up the majority in many areas out of national politics. Opposition newspapers like Radicke Novine remarked that the 'new Serbs' had had better political rights under the Turks.[41] There was a destruction of Turkish buildings, schools, baths, mosques. In October and November 1913 British vice-consuls reported systematic intimidation, arbitrary detentions, beatings, rapes, village burnings and massacres by Serbs in the annexed areas. The Serbian government showed no interest in preventing further outrages or investigating those that had taken place. When the Carnegie Commission, composed of an international team of experts, selected for their impartiality, arrived in the Balkans, they received virtually no assistance from Belgrade.[42] The treaties forced the Greek Army
Greek Army
to evacuate the Western Thrace
Thrace
and Pirin Macedonia, which it had occupied during operations. The retreat from the areas that had to be ceded to Bulgaria, together with the loss of Northern Epirus
Epirus
to Albania, was not well received in Greece; from the areas occupied during the war, Greece
Greece
succeeded in gaining only the territories of Serres
Serres
and Kavala
Kavala
after diplomatic support from Germany. Serbia
Serbia
made additional gains in northern Macedonia and having fulfilled its aspirations to the south, turned its attention to the north where its rivalry with Austro-Hungary
Austro-Hungary
over Bosnia-Herzegovina
Bosnia-Herzegovina
led the two countries to war a year later igniting the First World War. Italy used the excuse of the Balkan wars to keep the Dodecanese
Dodecanese
islands in the Aegean which it had occupied during the Turko-Italian war of 1911 over Libya, despite the agreement that ended that war in 1912. To the strong insistence of Austria-Hungary
Austria-Hungary
and Italy, both hoping to control for themselves the state and thus the Otranto Straits in Adriatic, Albania
Albania
acquired officially its independence according to the terms of the Treaty of London. With the delineation of the exact boundaries of the new state under the Protocol of Florence (17 December 1913), the Serbs lost their outlet to the Adriatic
Adriatic
and the Greeks the region of Northern Epirus
Epirus
(Southern Albania). This was highly unpopular with the local Greek population, who, after a revolt, managed to acquire local autonomy under the terms of the Protocol of Corfu.[43] After its defeat, Bulgaria turned into a revanchist local power looking for a second opportunity to fulfill its national aspirations. After Bucharest, the head of the Bulgarian delegation, Tonchev, remarked that "[e]ither the Powers will change [the territorial settlement], or we ourselves will destroy it."[40] To this end, it participated in the First World War
First World War
on the side of the Central Powers, since its Balkan enemies (Serbia, Montenegro, Greece, and Romania) were pro-Entente (see articles on the Serbian Campaign and the Macedonian Front
Macedonian Front
of World War I). The resulting enormous sacrifices during World War I
World War I
and renewed defeat caused Bulgaria a national trauma and new territorial losses. List of battles See also: List of places burned during the Balkan Wars

Battles of the Second Balkan War

Name Defending Commander Attacking Commander Date Winner

Kilkis–Lachanas Bulgaria N. Ivanov Greece Constantine I 19–21 June 1913 (O.S.) Greece

Doiran Bulgaria N. Ivanov Greece Constantine I 22–23 June 1913 (O.S.) Greece

Bregalnica Serbia R. Putnik Bulgaria

17–25 June 1913 (O.S.) Serbia

Demir Hisar Bulgaria

Greece Constantine I 27 June 1913 (O.S.) Greece

Danube Bulgaria

Romania Eustațiu Sebastian 1–2 July (O.S.) Romania

Knjaževac Serbia

Bulgaria

4–7 July 1913 (O.S.) Bulgaria

Kalimanci Bulgaria

Serbia

15–18 July 1913 (O.S.) Bulgaria

Kresna Gorge Bulgaria M. Savov N. Ivanov Greece Constantine I 8–18 July 1913 (O.S.) Stalemate (Truce)[44]

Vidin Bulgaria

Serbia

14–18 July 1913 (O.S.) Stalemate (Truce)

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Balkan Wars

Background

Nationalism in the Ottoman Empire

Albanian Bulgarian Greek Serbian

Congress of Berlin Annexation of Eastern Rumelia Serbo-Bulgarian War Greco-Turkish War (1897) Cretan State IMRO & Ilinden–Preobrazhenie Uprising Macedonian Struggle Young Turk Revolution Bosnian crisis Bulgarian Independence 31 March Incident Goudi coup Italo-Turkish War Albanian revolt of 1912 Balkan League

First Balkan War

Battles

Sarantaporo Kardzhali Pente Pigadia Sorovich Kumanovo Kirk Kilisse Scutari Lule Burgas Yenidje Adrianople Prilep Himara Monastir First Çatalca Kaliakra Merhamli Driskos Elli Korytsa Lemnos Bulair Şarköy Bizani Second Çatalca

Diplomacy and politics

London Conference Albanian Independence 1913 Ottoman coup d'état Treaty of London

Second Balkan War

Battles

Kilkis–Lachanas Doiran Bregalnica Knjaževac Kalimanci Kresna Gorge Vidin Pirot

Diplomacy and politics

Greek–Serbian Alliance Provisional Government of Western Thrace Treaty of Bucharest Treaty of Constantinople Treaty of Athens

General

Aftermath

Autonomy of Northern Epirus Greco-Turkish crisis of 1914 Sarajevo Assassination and World War I Ottoman–Bulgarian alliance Balkans Campaign of WWI

Serbian Campaign Macedonian Front

Atrocities

Carnegie Commission Massacres of Albanians Initial phase of the Greek genocide Places burned down

Participants

Bulgaria

Ferdinand I Ivan Geshov Stoyan Danev Mihail Savov Ivan Fichev Vasil Kutinchev Nikola Ivanov Radko Dimitriev Stiliyan Kovachev Georgi Todorov

Greece

George I Constantine I Eleftherios Venizelos Panagiotis Danglis Pavlos Kountouriotis Konstantinos Sapountzakis Viktor Dousmanis

Montenegro

Nicholas I Crown Prince Danilo Janko Vukotić

Ottoman Empire

Mehmed V Nazim Pasha Zeki Pasha Esad Pasha Kölemen Abdullah Pasha Ali Rıza Pasha Hasan Tahsin Pasha Enver Bey Ahmed Izzet Pasha

Romania

Carol I Crown Prince Ferdinand Alexandru Averescu

Serbia

Peter I Crown Prince Alexander Radomir Putnik Petar Bojović Stepa Stepanović Božidar Janković

Other Balkan states: Albania
Albania
(Ismail Qema

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