By Pierre Kosmidis
Photos by Yannis Karageorgiou, used by permission
Researcher Yannis Karageorgiou from Greece, visited a largely forgotten WW1 battlefield, where the British, the French and the Greeks fought against Bulgarians and their German military advisers on the borders of Greece with FYROM.
Hundreds if not thousands of men, from both sides, fought and died on the now peaceful hills, which back in the day were hotly contested.
The names in the area remind us of the ferocity of the battles, such as”chemin de fer”, which translates to “railroad”, but essentially means that the area was covered in steel, by the thousands of steel shells which fell upon the trenches and fortifications in the area.
Yannis Karageorgiou shared with www.ww2wrecks.com his recent findings in the area, a M1870 Gasser revolver used by the Austro-Hungarian Cavalry and by its allies, such as the Bulgarians, a British Rifle grenade N°3 and a clip of Mauser rounds, all laying on the surface of the forgotten battlefield.
“I found the revolver on Ravine Hill, possibly used by a Bulgarian officer who died there and his gun remained forgotten for a 100 years. It is only due to my trained eye that I managed to see its barrel sticking out of the mud”, Mr. Karageorgiou says.
Mr. Karageorgiou noticed the M1870 revolver sticking out of the mud and slowly removed it from where it lay hidden for a 100 years.