A Rotten Ally: Britain Against Serbia in WW1

A Rotten Ally: Britain Against Serbia in WW1

In 2008, Serbian historian and member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences Dr. Dragoljub Živojinović published a book “The Reluctant Warriors: Great Powers and the Salonica Front, 1914-1918″ [1]. Due to political upheavals in Serbia, the book went relatively unnoticed outside of academic circles, until Dr. Živojinović gave an extended interview to the magazine Novi Standard in November 2011. The original interview page has been lost in one of the many cyber-attacks against Novi Standard, but the text was preserved here


(Serbian original published on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, Novi Standard)

Historian Dragoljub Zivojnovic

Documents obtained by noted historian clearly indicate the British were doing everything to make Serbia perish as early as World War One

Recently published capital work by Academy member Dr. Dragoljub Živojinović – “The Reluctant Warriors:Great Powers and the Salonica Front” seriously shook the foundations of historiography in Serbia as well as the abroad. With the shocking content of documents it presented, this priceless book has dispelled the long-cherished illusions about our friends and allies. It challenges Serb illusions and points the accusing finger at England, which had worked wholeheartedly since the very beginning of Austria-Hungary’s attack in 1914 to see the Serbs and the Serbian state disappear.

What is interesting is that Dr. Živojinović began finding documents to this effect at a London archive some thirty-three years ago, and then completely by accident, while investigating relations between the Serbs and the Vatican. He is the first to reveal the content of these documents to the world.

From the end of the Great War to the date this book was published, the Serbs have lived a lie, calling the English their allies and even friends.

Dr. Živojinović – No doubt, the Serbs have invented these delusions about alliances and friendships. The Serbs have invented other delusions, which we yet have to face. But these delusions, nurtured for almost a century, were in the service of maintaining the belief that the French have been our only friend in WW1, while covering up the only truth – that Russia was our only friend, until its fall.

You were the first person to discover these documents, and the first to tell the world about them. How do you explain this?

Dr. Živojinović: I assume that historians avoided these raw, unaltered, untouched materials – that no one had dealt with before me – because it spoke ill of those who created them, or because it painted a very ugly picture of relations between the Allies in WW1. Furthermore, those raw materials simply shattered our delusions about allies and true friends. Until now, we did not know the real truth: that in that entire tragedy, we had only one true friend. These documents revealed the cruel truth of dirty dealings behind our back that even our own historiographers were unaware of. Finally, they revealed that the Serbs bore the brunt of the Great War

You said we had only one true friend. What country was that?

Dr. Živojinović: I was referring to Russia, a country we did not lean on. Quite the contrary, we had been a barrier to its influence in the Balkans. Yet the July Crisis of 1914 revealed who was our true friend and ally. Back then, Russia took a clear stand, and told both our enemies and her allies that she would not allow Serbia to be defeated or conquered, and would give Serbia every aid. 

What was the French position?

Dr. Živojinović: France had a somewhat different position. Because they were in German sights, they relied on Russia – but they also had their own interests in the Balkans and large investments in the Middle East. The French extended a friendly hand to Serbia mostly because of Russia.

At one point, English subterfuge and dirty dealings were too much even for the French generals, who began to protest openly?

Dr. Živojinović: After open English obstructionism at the Salonica Front, and a threat to withdraw the British troops, the French government reacted. It sent an ultimatum to England threatening to withdraw from the war if the British troops continued to delay offensive operations. The English were truly concerned at that point and gave in, but continued to sabotage the war efforts in that theater. Afterwards, they withdrew their elite forces from Greece and replaced them with units from India, completely unsuited for Balkans warfare.

Yet this English behavior remained a mystery in our historiography until recently?

Dr. Živojinović: The English were anything but friends to Serbia. Never friends. Quite the contrary, they organically dislike the Serbs, both their public opinion and their establishment. In 1914, they wrote the worst and the ugliest things about us. There was not a single daily newspaper, and almost no politician or general, who had any sympathies for the Serbs. This had been the case since 1903 [2]. At our moment of greatest peril, they lynched the Serbs in the media, openly extorting us and blaming us for starting the Great War, and the global carnage that ensued.

How did the English became our allies, then?

Dr. Živojinović: Out of interest. First because of France and Belgium – to which they had a contractual obligation since 1830. But secondly because Serbia was not conquered. After the brilliant victories of Serbian arms at Cer and Kolubara, we became a factor the Entente needed.

Did the English opinion of Serbia change after these battles?

Dr. Živojinović: It was then the English hostility towards the Serbs manifested itself most openly and cruelly. When we asked for a loan of 800,000 pounds to purchase new arms and ammunition, medical and sanitation equipment [3]. The British replied with vile extortion, demanding of Serbia to cede land in Eastern Macedonia to Bulgaria. I was the first to discover the existence of this document.

How did the Serbian government reply to this demand?

Dr. Živojinović: They rejected it outright. To which the English coldly replied “No loan, then.” And there was no loan. What’s worse, this was not the last extortion. Throughout 1915, they were turning up the pressure on Serbia. Their demands were unscrupulously exploiting our weakness and dependency on Allied aid. There were all sorts of pressure…

Even after bloody victories, they punished Serbia?

Dr. Živojinović: Not only did they coldly reject all our pleas for military aid, they were working to weaken our position behind our backs. They abandoned the proposed landing in Salonica. They abandoned the proposed security deployment along the Niš-Salonica railway, allowing the Bulgarians to cut this communication and thus destroy Serbia’s last hope of saving its army and people. They punished Serbia by cutting it off from receiving food and medication. And when [Prime Minister] Nikola Pašić in desperation responded that Serbia would have no choice but to lay down its arms and surrender, then a veritable avalanche of insults against the Serbs started in England. After that, Pašić finally realized that Serbia stood alone.

You discovered another detail long hidden from the Serbian public?

Dr. Živojinović: After the Serbian Army and refugees reached the Albanian shore, the new torment began. King Constantine of Greece was an anti-Serb backed by the English to the last moment. So just when the French finally agreed to transport the Serbs to Corfu – after much back-and-forth – came the shocking surprise: the Greek government forbid the Serbian Army from setting foot on Greek territory. That was supposed to prevent the transport of our troops and people to Corfu. This English ploy was broken only when the Russian Tsar Nicholas threatened to make a separate peace with Germany. The French then picked up the Serbs without asking the Greeks’ permission. But the English did not send a single ship to help. That was another one of their petty acts of malice.

The deceptions continued on Corfu?

Dr. Živojinović: It began with another deception. Under the guise of reorganization, they demanded of our Supreme Command to divide the Serbian Army into six divisions and send them individually (!) to the Western Front. Of course, that diabolical plan was rejected, and the English went berserk. Throughout 1916, their generals sent the ugliest and most hateful reports to London about the Serbian Army, calling it all sorts of names. The English generals continued to work against the Serbs on the Salonica Front, by blocking any attempts to launch an offensive or attack the enemy. They constantly threatened to withdraw their troops. Throughout 1917, they worked behind Serbia’s back to preserve the Austrian monarchy, backed Italy over Istria and Dalmatia, urged the Romanians to seize the Banat and the Bulgarians to take Serb lands north of Macedonia. When Russia left the war, it seemed as if Serbia were doomed. But then came the “French turnaround” – the ascension to leadership positions of Balkans connoisseurs Clemenceau, Guillaume and d’Espère – and we all know the outcome…..


Sunday, July 26, 2015

An Indian politician says Britain owes reparations to its colonies, and his message is going viral.

India London

Die aufgeblähten Unfugs Organisationen der EU wie Frontex

Die Auslands Tätigkeiten wie auch die neue Frontex Geheimdienst Zentrale in Sizilien sind wie immer Luftnummern, konnten keine Erkenntnisse bringen. aber man kassiert enorme Gelder ab, Steuerfrei für jeden Tag im Einsatz.
Korrupt und identisch Idiotisch die „Blauen Reisen“ der Bundesmarine vor dem Libanon, um Waffenlieferungen zuverhindern, was eine Lügen und Betrugs Nummer ist, faschistischer Kriegs Zirkel, eines korrupten Bundeswehr Apparates, der mit Auslands Spesen enorm abzockt. EU Botschaften hat niemand früher gebraucht, denn OSCE Apparat ebenso nicht, was nur noch der Beschäftigung von Politik Ratten dient. Eine der vielen aufgeblähten Unfugs Institutionen der EU, wo man Milliarden versenckt, wie mit dem Polizei und Justiz Aufbau in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Albanien, Ukraine und Afrika sowieso. Man kann diese korrupte Verblödung kaum noch glauben.

update: 2017

Bulgarien in der Flüchtlingskrise: Grenze ohne Strom

SPIEGEL ONLINE – Politik – 04.11.2015, 15:43 Uhr

An der bulgarisch-türkischen Grenze steht eine der modernsten Überwachungsanlagen Europas. Doch die Befestigung, die Flüchtlinge abhalten soll, ist außer Betrieb. Die Polizei hat kein Geld für Elektrizität. mehr…

Die Weisungs gebundene Justiz, toleriert die Verbrecher die sich mit Parteibuch: Migrations Beauftragte nennen, vom Steuerzahler finanziert.

Deutsche Politik
Deutsche Politik

Uraltes Albaner Mafia Geschäft, der US Verbrecher Banden mit dem erschossenen Terroristen Beg Rizaj, der für die Amerikaner auch in Syrien war, in Kumanavo Migranten Gefängnisse betrieb, zur Geld Erpressung. Ein EU Bericht.

An der Serbischen – Mazedonischen Grenze ist natürlich FRONTEX nicht stationiert, auch nicht an der Albanischen Grenze nach Montenegro, denn es könnte für die Politik Parteibuch Mafia, welche gute Jobs bei Frontes hat, Arbeit geben.

Europol-Geheimdienstzelle auf Sizilien hilflos
Die Mazedonische Mafia, gerade um Kumanova schleust Alles nach Serbien durch.



Frontex, – European Gendarmerie Force (EGF) baut immer mehr die Süd Balkan Grenzen aus

EuroGendFor in Griechenland gelandet?
von Freeman am , unter ,
Laut meinen zuverlässigen Quellen in Griechenland, sollen Einheiten der EuroGendFor in Griechenland eingetroffen sein. Bei der European Gendarmerie Force (EGF) handelt es sich um eine spezielle Polizeieinheit der EU, die ursprünglich von den fünf EU-Mitgliedsländern Frankreich, Italien, Niederlande, Portugal und Spanien ins Leben gerufen wurde. Mittlerweile ist Rumänien…

Doku Schleuser in der Türkei

Nur Chaos. Es gibt nicht einmal Gesetze, das Frontex in Griechenland operiert


Italian general: EU anti-migrant operation likely to fail

‚It’s just a continuation of what has been done so far by Italy‘ (Photo: UK Ministry of Defence)

By Andrew Rettman
BRUSSELS, 24. Jul, 09:28

Italy’s former defence chief has said the EU’s anti-migrant smuggling operation is likely to bring more, rather than fewer, migrants to Europe.

General Vincenzo Camporini, Italy’s chief of defence from 2008 to 2011, told EUobserver in an interview that the operation, EUnavformed, will encourage smugglers to set adrift more people in the Mediterranean Sea because there’ll be more EU ships which are obliged, under international law, to rescue them.

“In essence, it’s helping the smuggling operation because it provides people with more means to reach their desired objective, which is to land in Europe”, he said.

“It’s just a continuation of what has been done so far by Italy, but also using vessels from other countries.”

He described EUnavformed as a political gesture designed to make the European public think their leaders are doing something.

“It’s the same as the fight against Isis [Islamic State]”, he said.

“If we compare the political declarations and the actual facts on the ground, we have very few concrete results. The engagement of Western countries, including the US, is more symbolic than real”.

Camporini noted the migrant crisis poses a serious threat.

“Just this morning [23 July], I read that 2,000 people were rescued in the past 24 hours and taken to Italy. I hope this doesn’t represent a new average, because that would mean hundreds of thousands each year, which is unsustainable for Europe even if EU states agree to distribute them more evenly”……


“But collateral damage is also something that the European public won’t abide.”

The retired general, who now works as a security consultant for Italian energy firm Eni, contrasted the company’s pragmatic approach with the EU effort.

“They [Eni] are still capable of managing their operations in Libya, not because they pay off local chiefs or tribes, but because they’ve managed to convince them that their operations are in the interest of local communities,” he said.

“It’s a matter of convincing people that they have a vested interest in good relations with Western powers.”

“The EU should be more flexible, more realistic, in its discussions with local authorities,“ he added.

“So far, if I was a leader in Tripoli, I wouldn’t trust the international community. The fact we recognise Tobruk and don’t recognise Tripoli means they have a lower status at the negotiating table and this isn’t bringing any fruitful results. I would let the people in Tobruk understand they can’t have our support at any cost.”

Looking back to Italy-Libya relations before the fall of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, he said fewer migrants came to Europe because Italy had a deal with Gaddafi to keep them at bay.

“Of course, there are humanitarian considerations to take into account, because we knew that those migrants who were kept on shore by Gaddafi, and who were impeded from crossing the Mediterranean, were not treated well,” he noted.


Die 94.000 Asylbewerber aus dem Balkan, denen jetzt eine Wiedereinreisesperre nach Deutschland droht, sind ein Resultat der Zerstörung Jugoslawiens, an dem sich Deutschland aktiv, aber völkerrechtswidrig beteiligte, und hatte die Gewinnung „neuer Märkte“ und den Kampf um „Einflußsphären“ auf dem Balkan zum Ziel.

„Grenzen wurden willkürlich neu gezogen, das gesamte Justizsystem wurde auf den Kopf gestellt, vergesellschaftete Unternehmen wurden in den Ruin getrieben, das Finanz- und das Bankensystem wurde zerstört, Sozialprogramme und soziale Institutionen wurden dem Erdboden gleich gemacht (…). Im Rückblick ist es nützlich, sich die sozialen und ökonomischen Errungenschaften Jugoslawiens vor dem Krieg (bis zum Jahr 1980) zu vergegenwärtigen: Das durchschnittliche Wachstum des Bruttoinlandsprodukts betrug 6,1 % pro Jahr, und zwar über eine Dauer von zwanzig Jahren (1960 – 1980), es gab freie medizinische Versorgung bei einer Rate von einem Arzt auf 550 Jugoslawen, die Alphabetisierungsrate lag bei 91 %, die durchschnittliche Lebenserwartung bei 72 Jahren“. Wie Jugoslawien zerstört wurde >>>

Die volkswirtschaftlichen Diktate des IWF zerstörten die Lebensperspektiven von Millionen Jugoslawen, nahmen ihnen das Recht auf Arbeit, Ernährung und Wohnung. Und auf dem Weg sind der IWF und seine Komplizen in den USA und Europa immer noch. Siehe Griechenland. Auch in Deutschland sind „umwerfende“ Veränderungen angesagt.

Echter Einsatz vor Ort, die Spanier. von der „Blauen Reise“ der Bundes Marine unbekannt, welche froh sind wenn ihre „Globalisierungs“ Murks Fregatten überhaupt fahren, denn richtige Beiboote hat man nicht.