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Death, the grim reaper. Turkish army defeated by Cholera, not by enemy, approaching

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Death, the grim reaper. Turkish army defeated by Cholera, not by enemy, approaching

Death, the grim reaper. Turkish army defeated by Cholera, not by enemy, approaching Luleburgaz in disorder: 100 deaths per day. Illustration from Le Petit Journal, Paris, 1 December 1912. First Balkan War 1912-1913: Balkan League (Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, Montenegro) against Turkey

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1912 Approaching Army Balkan Bulgaria Cholera Death December Defeated Disease Enemy Epidemic Greece Grim Journal League Medicine Montenegro Paris Petit Reaper Serbia Turkey Turkish 1912 1913 Deaths Disorder


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This haunting print captures the devastating impact of cholera during the First Balkan War in 1912. Titled "Death, the grim reaper" it depicts the Turkish army's defeat not by enemy forces but by a merciless epidemic. As Death himself approaches Luleburgaz, chaos and disorder reign among the troops, with an alarming death toll of 100 per day. Published in Le Petit Journal, Paris on December 1st, 1912, this powerful illustration serves as a stark reminder of the horrors faced by soldiers on the battlefield and beyond. The Balkan League comprising Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, and Montenegro united against Turkey to fight for their independence; however, it was not bullets or bombs that brought down their adversary but a deadly disease. The image highlights both the fragility of human life and the indiscriminate nature of epidemics. It also underscores how even in times of war when facing external threats seems paramount; internal battles can prove just as lethal. This visual representation serves as a testament to history's ability to capture moments that transcend time and remind us of our shared humanity. As we reflect upon this photograph today, let us remember those who lost their lives during this tumultuous period while acknowledging advances made in medicine since then to combat such devastating diseases. May it serve as a solemn reminder never to underestimate unseen enemies lurking amidst conflict and strife.

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