Personal items, family funds and testimonies

“We Barely Survived”

Through personal items, family funds and testimonies we bring to life the faces and events of the Great War and dive into new life stories, subtly portraying life during wartime. This composition brings us closer to the civilian population and the soldiers, telling us how the Macedonian population faced the biggest military enemies – epidemics, food shortages, natural disasters.

Исечок од француски весник „J'ai vu“, околу 1916/1917 г.
НА ПАТОТ ЗА БИТОЛА: ГРАНАТА ЗАПАЛИ СКЛАДИШТЕ ЗА МУНИЦИЈА

Clipping from the French newspaper “J’ai vu” titled “Sur la route de Monastir: Un obus incendie un dépôt de munitions” / Un obus incendie un dépôt de munitions “On the road to Bitola: A shell set fire to a munitions depot”, Bitola, around 1916/1917
Only a few shots have the precision of the above photo. We can clearly distinguish, behind a house on the edge of the road, two smokes: a thick black cloud created by the firing of the projectile, at 280, then completely white smoke from an ammunition warehouse, right opposite the house, and a fired shell. A few seconds after one of our correspondents took the picture, incredibly bravely and without fear, the old house, so stable, so solid, jumped up on its own. Fortunately, the residents escaped during the first attack. We see them here, still scared and all in tears, a photograph like a small oval locket.

Clipping from “Le Miroir” newspaper, French origin
Lake Region, north-west of Bitola
Photo 1: An observation post placed on a mosque
Photo 2: Lake patrol in the Ohrid area
Photo 3: The rain has filled the lake, which spills into the streets of the village evacuated by the cavalry
Our recent Macedonian offensive encountered difficulties that seemed insurmountable. Huge lakes are indeed spread across this region. Most of the villages are densely built, when the floods occur, the residents are being evacuated. All our patrols consisted of boats and machine-gun parts placed forward and hidden in the reeds. Our observation posts were organized at the height of the trees and the mosques.

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