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Bulgaria joins the war

16 October 2015

October 15th, 1915.

SINCE we last wrote, Bulgaria has made the great betrayal and turned against those of her own household under the influence and in the pay of the enemy of their race. Losing not a moment after she broke off relations with the Slav countries, she invaded Serbia. For the moment Serbia has been compelled to fight single-handed with an enemy greatly outnumbering her, but help appears to be at hand. By the time that these lines appear we shall probably have heard from Sir Edward Grey particulars of the share that our own country will take in the work of rescuing the little country of the Serbians from extinction. But meanwhile the French Premier has assured us that "energetic action" is being taken by the Allies, in full accord with the military as well as with the political authorities. M. Viviani was able to say that Russia is about to send an expeditionary force into the Balkan war-theatre, and the interview of the Italian Premier with the King seems to argue that some new enterprise is afoot. The moral effect of Russia’s intervention ought to be considerable. If it is true, as there is no reason to doubt, that the Bulgarian people are pro-Russian, their soldiers will fight only half-heartedly against the troops of a nation to which they owe the liberation of their race. This moral effect added to the weight of the united forces of three, if not four, of the Allied Powers may be expected to upset the German plan to march through the Balkans to the Bosphorus.


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