'Better Than No War At All' - 10th (Irish) Division in the Salonika Campaign 1915-1917

By Alan Wakefield 

This talk looks at the Salonika Campaign as experienced by 10th (Irish) Division from the Allies initial landing in Greece during October 1915, through the winter fighting at Kosturino, construction of the Birdcage defence line and operations in the Struma Valley to the departure for Palestine in summer 1917.

Alan has worked at the Imperial War Museum since 1999, initially as a curator and then as Head of the Photographic Archive. In August 2016, Alan was appointed to the position of Head of First World War & Early 20th Century Conflict. In this post, Alan is in charge of a team of curators and historians charged with responsibility for all historical and collections output at the Museum relating to the period 1900 – 1929.

Alan graduated from the University of Reading in 1990 with a  degree in History and followed this with an MA in War Studies from King’s College London. Alan currently holds the position of Chairman of the Salonika Campaign Society and is a member of the British Commission for Military History.

He has written and lectured extensively on aspects of the First World War, including in 2004, Under the Devil’s Eye: Britain’s Forgotten Army at Salonika 1915-1918 for Sutton Publishing (republished by Pen & Sword in 2011).

Over the past decade Alan has led many tour groups to the battlefields of the Salonika Campaign.


If you would like to join this lecture, please email our Chairman at dublinwfa@gmail.com for a link.


20 Mar 2021 14:00