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Welcome to the website Balkan Military History.

Balkan Military History is devoted to the study of the military history of the Balkans. 
It is aimed primarily at wargamers and others with an interest in the region and its fascinating history.
BMH has been online since 1997 and this is our 18th year of continuous operation.
We hope you enjoy our site and any comments, views or contributions would be very welcome to:
The Editor - Dave Watson
You can also view my blog Balkan Wargamer for regular news and items of interest.



Latest books, journal articles and wargame products



Articles on Balkan military history

What's New - June 2015


There is an excellent two part history of medieval Bulgaria 'The Bulgarian Struggle' by Bob Black in issues 93 and 94 of Hobilar, the journal of the Lance and Longbow Society.


This is the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign. You can travel up the Dardanelles in our virtual tour and then visit the well preserved battlefields of the Gallipoli peninsular. For the wargamer here are 28mm Turks and Highlanders in combat.



100 years ago Dr Elizabeth Ross, a doctor from Tain and one of the first women in Scotland to gain a medical degree, died of typhus in a military hospital in Kragujevac, where she had been treating Serb First World War casualties.


Altogether, 22 British women lost their lives to typhus in Serbia during the First World War, attempting to aid wounded soldiers.


Warfare in the Balkans

Historical overview



Guide to museums and other sites of interest

2015 Balkan Anniversaries

The Gallipoli campaign started in April 2015 and in May Italy joined the war on the side of the Entente. In October, Bulgaria joined the Central Powers and invaded Serbia.

Albania may celebrate the 1915 birth of Norman Wisdom, an unlikely cultural icon in the Hoxha era.

In April 1815, the Second Serbian uprising led to the recognition of Serbia as a semi-independent state. The Ottomans had more success a hundred years earlier in July 1715 when the fall of Nauplion, ends Venetian resistance to Ottomans in the Morea.

615 is the date usually ascribed to the Slav invasion of the Balkans that led to the modern day Serbian and Croat states.

Armies of the Balkans

Armies that fought in the Balkans



Scenarios and related items for wargamers


The story of the island of Vis during the Second World War. It was a base for partisans, commandos and US rangers with air and naval support.


Further reading


Balkan Quiz

Test your knowledge of Balkan Military History


Links - Related sites


Visiting the Balkans?

Try our travel section for guides to the places of historical interest across the Balkans. If it's worth seeing - we have been there.

The Editor's latest Balkan travels took in the Croatian island of Vis.





Outside the Balkans - Sections on the Editor's non-Balkan wargame interests.


Scots army at the Battle of Bannockburn 1314



Armies of the Punic Wars. Carthage and Rome.



The War of the Spanish Succession


Then Mughal India. See a more detailed article in Wargames Illustrated.

and the latest addition - The Persians and the Sepoys

Recommended new fictional read: Empire of the Mughal by Alex Rutherford

Napoleon in Egypt the theme for Glasgow & District Wargaming Society's 2008 show display. This article gives an overview of the campaigns and the units. See the feature article in Wargames Illustrated.

South American Wars of Liberation. See the feature article in the August 07 edition of Wargames Illustrated.

Quick links to all parts of this site in the contents section.

Contact Information

If you have any comments about this website contact:

Dave Watson at balkandave@gmail.com


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