Monday, November 09, 2015

November 9th, 1915

- Though the seizure of Kraljevo on the 6th had raised hopes that the Serbian army could be enveloped, once more they have slipped the noose.  This time, blame can be apportioned between the Bulgarians and Austro-Hungarians - the Bulgarian 1st Army had advanced slowly west from Niš, allowing the Serbs before them to disengage and retreat to the southwest, while General Kövess had permitted most of his army two days of rest after the fall of Kraljevo.  The result is a blistering telegram from Mackensen to Kövess, asking how he had misunderstood the necessity for haste.

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