War and Peace

A French war photographer in Bitola/Monastir – anonymous


    A French War Photographer in Bitola/
    Bitola/Monastir came under the occupation of the German and Bulgarian armies in 1915, following the defeat of Serbia. After a siege and bombardment, it was captured in 1916 by the French, Russians, Italians and Serbs. The German and Bulgarian forces remained in the surrounding mountains and laid siege to the town, bombarding it remorselessly until September 1918. Almost every day, the city was bombarded by artillery and occasionally by aircraft, resulting in victims among the civilian population of the town.

    The anonymous French photographer recorded the horror of the siege of Monastir/Bitola through everyday scenes in the streets and houses of the town, where life and death existed frequently side by side.