I took my fiancee to Athens to meet my parents. We visited the Akropolis, the Akropolis Museum, the National Historical Museum and the Archaeological Museum. Two video clips we made might be of interest to the usual followers of my blog.
1. The changing of the guard at the monument of the Unknown Soldier at Syntagma Square.
2. The assembly hall of the Old Parliament Building (now the National Historical Museum)-with a reproduction of the old voting system in Greece.
Nacho came over this Sunday for some relaxation, discussion about military history (the Thirty Years War especially), eating cigkofte, drinking lots of cold beer, and we also played two games.
First I introduced him to I Ain't Been Shot Mum, by the Too Fat Lardies. We had a 4 squad Italian Platoon, supported by a two squad command platoon (plus 1 Big Man), plus a squad of MMG guns, attack a entrenched Greek position defended by two squads of Greeks and one MMG. The Italians were able to storm the Greek position and Nacho got some of the basics of IABSM.
Battletech/Mechwarrior Miniatures I finished a small project I did for one of the friends in the Kararagh Club in Istanbul. The plastic miniatures that came with the Battletech Boxed set by Catalyst Games. I really just wanted to paint them, that is all. I do not care that much about the setting or the game.But they were fun to paint.
Expedition to the First Balkan War Battled Fields of Eastern Thrace.
On 8 October 1912, Montenegro opened the First Balkan War. Quickly after this the Bulgarian 1st, 2nd and 3rd Armies invaded Eastern Thrace with the goals of capturing Edirne/Adrianopole/Odrin , and cutting off any communications between Istanbul/Constantinople/Tsarigrad and the Ottoman Balkans (Rumelia). The end of this campaign, in conjunction to the Greek and Serbian campaigns in Ottoman Macedonia and Epirus, and in the Aegean Sea, would be the expulsion of the Ottoman Empire from most of the Balkans, the massacre, starvation, and expulsion of hundreds of thousand of Ottoman Muslims, the creation of the modern Albanian sate, and the incorporation/liberation of hundreds of thousands of Greeks, Bulgarians, Serbs, and Slavic Christians in Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria. It would also feed the demands of Austro-Hungarian Chief of the General Staff Conrad von Hotzendorf for a war with Serbia, that in time would contribute to the First World War.
The Four Riders of the Apocalypse or The Four Liberators?
We decided to do a day long expedition to visit the sites of the four key military actions of this campaign. Those were the Battle of Kirkilise/Kirklareli (22 to 24 October 1912, New Style Calendar), the Battle of Lule-Burgas-Pinahisar (29 October 1912 to 1 November 1912, New Style Calendar), the Battle of Catalca/Chataldja (17-18 November 1912, New Style Calendar), and teh Siege of Edirne (3 November 1912 to 26 March 1913, New Style Calendar).
Let us start with a video I compiled of our expedition