This picture shows a rest place as Serbians retreated through the mountains of Montenegro and Albania, to the Greek Aegean coast. We can see that civilians, including children, were part of this Great Retreat, alongside the king, army and government.
During the retreat, the Serbian army and civilians headed southwest of Serbia, Montenegro and Albania, to reach the island of Corfu. The route was poorly accessible and mainly mountainous. The Great Retreat took place during the winter of 1915 to 1916, and brought death to many. Russian war photographer and artist, Sampson Tchernof, testified to the harsh conditions.
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- Peter Gatrell
Professor Peter Gatrell examines the upheaval and struggles faced by millions of European civilians who were made refugees – either by enemy occupation or by the state’s forcible deportation – during World War One.