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    Greek crowds give a send-off to a departing battalion in Salonika.

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    The True Spirit of Greece - crowds in Salonika, Greece, headquarters of the Nationalist Army, give send off to a departing battalion.

    The scene looks like chaos and confusion: a crowded mixture of military and civilians;a marching band; soldiers marching; some civilians also marching about with flags and banners; and others looking lost and wandering about; a few officers and a Greek orthodox priest making their way through the crowd on horseback; etc. and everyone seems to be mixed up together and all going every which way.

    World War One.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1918
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:51:47:00 / 01:52:50:00
    ON 036 D

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  1. Unknown user says

    Footage from the departure of the first units of the venizelist army organised by the National Defense provisional greek government in Thessaloniki (Salonika), after King Constantine refused to commit his country to either side of world war I combattants. The allied forces in a display of 19th c. style gunboat policy, landed troops at Athens after an intensive bombardment and blackmailed the installation of the venizelist government. Venizelos ruled with dictatorial powers until he suddenly decided in 1920, and in the midst of the Asia Minor campaign, to carry out elections which he subsequently lost. Why he did so is still a matter of historical debate.

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