Bring down the flags!

Bring down the flags!
Here comes the winner of Doiran !

Фолклорни фестивали и събори
Among the most notable moments of Vladimir Vazov’s life was his visit to England in 1936.

The British legion celebrated the British victory in World War I. The British veterans invited one of their worthiest opponents on the battlefield. He was personally greeted by Lord Milne, who shook his hand with the words:
- "It is a pleasure to meet the Bulgarian delegation, as even though we were enemies, you - like us - fought not only like brave men, but also like gentlemen."

The British paid great honour to General Vazov as they lowered their national flags in his name. At the onset of our delegation Marshal Lord Milne command:
" Bring down the flags!
Here comes the winner of Doiran !"

The chairman of the British legion Major Goldy said in his speech:
- “He is one of the few foreign officers whose name features in our history”.

Vladimir Vazov was born on May 14, 1868 to Mincho Vazov and Suba Hadjinikolova. His brothers were the writer Ivan Vazov, the officer Georgi Vazov and the politician Boris Vazov.
Фолклорни фестивали и събори
In 1886 Vladimir Vazov entered the Military School in Sofia. After he graduated in 1888 he was assigned as a second lieutenant to the 5th artillery regiment in Shumen.
On 1 March 1917 he took the command of the 9th Pleven Infantry Division which was part of the First Bulgarian Army. Beginning in 1916 the division occupied a stretch of the Macedonian Front between the river Vardar and lake Dojran. As soon as he was appointed he inspected the entire section of the front that was under his command and took measures to strengthen and fortify it. Under his guidance the forced were deployed in order to create a defence in depth.
Фолклорни фестивали и събори
His efforts to improve the positions were soon tested during the Second Battle of Doiran between 22 and 26 April 1917. Some 86 heavy and 74 field British guns bombarded the line with more than 100,000 shells but caused insignificant damage and the following infantry attack suffered a heavy defeat. In early May the British resumed their assault but were again defeated and suffered heavy casualties. Following this attack the Bulgarian 34th Troyan Regiment alone buried the bodies of some 2,290 Allied officers and soldiers.
Фолклорни фестивали и събори (Captured British armaments and military equipment. Vickers mashine-guns and gas masks. Before the battle British army used big number poison gas-shells with sulfur mustard gas against Bulgarian troops.)

Due to his significant contribution for the victory on 20 of May 1917 Vladimir Vazov was promoted to major general.
The location of the Doiran Sector was crucial as it represented the shortest possible route to the valley of the Vardar and during the summer of 1918 its defence was expanded to consist of 4 lines arrayed in depth. Hence it was much better prepared to face an attack than the previous year.
When the Allied Vardar Offensive began the four British and two Greek divisions once again attacked the 9th Pleven Division at Doiran. During this Third Battle of Doiran the Allies once again enjoyed significant advantage in firepower and manpower, being able to bombard the Bulgarian position with over 300,000 ordinary and gas shells. Despite this the damage to the fortifications was limited and the fighting again resulted in a decisive Bulgarian victory. According to official British sources the Allied losses totalled just over 11,000.
Фолклорни фестивали и събори
But ….. British General Milne was astonished. In his memoirs, he will write:
"Two hours after the attack two of my divisions were completely annihilated."
Later famous as an enemy of Bulgaria Lloyd-George will write:
"In any war the British did not give a time so many victims as Doiran."

At the end of the day the English trumpeters played retreat. Milne has lost 47,000 English and 20,000 Greeks.
It was the bloodiest battle throughout the WWI.
General Vladimir Vazov, commander of the 9th Division, wrote:
- "Whole houses thousands of corpses overcrowd the slopes ... These were not mercenaries Senegalese or Arabs, and British thoroughbred from London, Birmingham and Cambridge."

Thanks to shelters, fortifications, skillfully placed by gene. Vazov ninth Pleven allows only 494 killed and 1208 injured.
Фолклорни фестивали и събори (British POW and Bulgarian soldiers and officer after the battle)

On September 20, 1918, General Vladimir Vazov reported that there is no enemy forces. A few days later the Ninth Division marched on the streets of Pleven with 558 English soldiers and officers captured the last day of the war.

In Doiran, small Bulgarian military monument was blasted.
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Eternal Glory to all heroes from both side. We will never forget!

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