Sandafayre
Welcome to our site! Advanced Search

History on the album page: The Balkan Wars

One of the most interesting periods of philately must revolve around the stamps and postal history generated by the upheavals of the Balkan Wars of 1912 & 1913. This is when the conflicting aims of the Great powers, mixed with the territorial ambitions of those under Ottoman control and their neighbours, exploded into two separate conflicts. Many fascinating stamps were produced. Often they were seized and overprinted, but also benefited from atmospheric locally printed designs.

The origins of the conflict can be seen by the late 19th Century, with the partial development of nation states within Ottoman European territory, with Serbia, Greece, Bulgaria & Montenegro attempting at different times to try and gain territory.

Outside powers did not help! Russia was attempting to gain territorial access to the Mediterranean by supporting Slavic national enterprises; Britain wished to thwart Russia and therefore supported the Ottoman Empire; France was attempting to strengthen its positions in the Levant; the Austro Hungarian Empire also supported the Ottomans; the Italians wished to deny Russia access into the Mediterranean, and Germany hoped the Ottoman Empire would fall into its hands. The scene was subsequently set for confusion and war, and by the turn of the Century, bands supported by Bulgaria and Greece were fighting within Ottoman areas, ostensibly in support of their own nationals against each other.

A number of major conflicts rocked the Empire, until in 1912, the First Balkan war finally erupted. Russian- backed Bulgarian, Serb and Montenegrin forces co-ordinated their attacks in the Sandjak (Serbia / Montenegro border area), Macedonian and Thracian theatres, with the Greeks making their own advances defeating Ottoman re-enforcements in several major naval engagements, while in the process liberating the Aegean Islands, amongst other large areas. By early 1913, the Ottoman Empire in Europe had been effectively removed and replaced by large Greek, Bulgarian, Serbian and Montenegrin territorial gains.

A few months later on 16 June 1913, the Second Balkan War began. Bulgaria, unhappy with the division of post war spoils, attacked her erstwhile allies Serbia & Greece, in an attempt to once again re-draw the map. A period of confused fighting began, and 11 days later Romania declared war on Bulgaria. By the time armistice was agreed, the Romanian forces were just 7 miles from Sofia. At the same time, the Ottomans attacked and recovered eastern Thrace. Today this forms most of the Republic of Turkey.

Hopefully this all too brief overview at least demonstrates the richness and philatelic interest of this period. Producing stamps is one of the quickest ways to assert your dominance in a new area. Like paper money and coins, it is something that ordinary people saw and used in their every day lives. Conquering forces (no doubt with their fair share of officer-class philatelists), were quick to authorise new stamp issues, in order to usher in a period of fresh rule.



Below are some similar items currently for sale:

131 item(s) found

Sort By:
Items Per Page:

Lot Number: 2940
Closing: 20 February 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 70 - 80
  • Currency guide (USD): 99 - 114
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 6527
Closing: 27 February 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 270 - 300
  • Currency guide (USD): 383 - 426
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 2233
Closing: 20 February 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 130 - 150
  • Currency guide (USD): 185 - 213
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 6528
Closing: 27 February 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 580 - 650
  • Currency guide (USD): 824 - 923
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 2234
Closing: 20 February 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 450 - 500
  • Currency guide (USD): 639 - 710
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 6529
Closing: 27 February 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 450 - 500
  • Currency guide (USD): 639 - 710
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 6530
Closing: 27 February 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 200 - 250
  • Currency guide (USD): 284 - 355
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 2235
Closing: 20 February 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 60 - 70
  • Currency guide (USD): 85 - 99
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 2236
Closing: 20 February 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 80 - 90
  • Currency guide (USD): 114 - 128
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 2237
Closing: 20 February 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 130 - 150
  • Currency guide (USD): 185 - 213
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 2941
Closing: 20 February 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 300 - 350
  • Currency guide (USD): 426 - 497
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 2942
Closing: 20 February 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 225 - 250
  • Currency guide (USD): 320 - 355
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 2943
Closing: 20 February 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 150 - 170
  • Currency guide (USD): 213 - 241
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 2944
Closing: 20 February 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 120 - 140
  • Currency guide (USD): 170 - 199
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 2945
Closing: 20 February 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 120 - 140
  • Currency guide (USD): 170 - 199
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 2946
Closing: 20 February 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 50 - 60
  • Currency guide (USD): 71 - 85
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 2947
Closing: 20 February 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 80 - 90
  • Currency guide (USD): 114 - 128
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 7690
Closing: 27 February 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 600 - 700
  • Currency guide (USD): 852 - 994
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 7691
Closing: 27 February 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 110 - 120
  • Currency guide (USD): 156 - 170
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 2948
Closing: 20 February 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 90 - 110
  • Currency guide (USD): 128 - 156
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 7692
Closing: 27 February 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 1100 - 1250
  • Currency guide (USD): 1562 - 1775
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 3074
Closing: 20 February 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 500 - 600
  • Currency guide (USD): 710 - 852
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 7693
Closing: 27 February 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 110 - 130
  • Currency guide (USD): 156 - 185
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 963
Closing: 20 February 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 40 - 45
  • Currency guide (USD): 57 - 64
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 7694
Closing: 27 February 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 80 - 90
  • Currency guide (USD): 114 - 128
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Stamp Talk!

Stamp Talk is published every fortnight and contains interesting stamp articles and latest auction news. Enter your email below to sign up!


Current Stamp Auctions

Highlights


    We offer thousands of items for sale, here are just a few of our favourites...

  • MEXICO - SONORA 1913 5c lilac brown & red local issue without embossing with green seal and black roulette, Scott 340a, unused (no gum as issued) COMPLETE PANE of 5 showing all five types, corner crease in the margin, scarce. (5 stamps)

    MEXICO - SONORA 1913 5c lilac brown & red local issue without embossing with green seal and black roulette, Scott 340a, unused (no gum as issued) COMPLETE PANE of 5 showing all five types, corner crease in the margin, scarce. (5 stamps)

    Go to item details...

  • CHILE - 1858 (5 May) stampless entire addressed to Valparaiso, bearing rare straight-line

    CHILE - 1858 (5 May) stampless entire addressed to Valparaiso, bearing rare straight-line "YLLAPEL" pre-philatelic postmark. Usual filing fold, very scarce.

    Go to item details...