Re: The worst machine gun ever
Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 9:35 pm
hammy wrote:Byron , was he in the mikras asias katastrofia thing afterwards too ?
..... Hammy, don't tell me that you are a "patrioti" ?!?!?!
My grandfather served in the First Balkan War, the Second Balkan War, the First World War on the Salonika Front, and in the post-WW1 Greco-Turkish unpleasantness. Fortunately for the future our family, he decided that he had had enough fighting after four wars, deserted the army, and emigrated to the US by way of France. Most of my family on my dad's side were ethnic Greeks living around Constantinople. My paternal grandfather was born on Lesbos and lived as a young man in Constantinople; my paternal grandmother was born on the island of Marmara in the middle of the Sea of Marmara. The family history has it that his regiment was trapped and wiped out by the Turks not too long after he left it.
Funny thing - he saved his uniform until the day he died. I recall seeing it hanging in the attic of his home as a boy.