Books: Victors Without Laurels

THE GARDENERS OF SALONIKA by Alan Palmer. 285 pages. Simon & Schuster. $6.50. Late in September 1918, the Kaiser was bluntly told by his generals that Germany had lost World War I. Why? "As a result," Field Marshal von Hindenburg explained, "of the collapse of the Macedonian front." He was stunned. He had been scarcely aware that there was a Macedonian front, let alone that it mattered. And, like the Kaiser, historians have largely ignored the mixed army of British, French, Serbs, Greeks and Italians that broke through the Macedonian mountains, forced...

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