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Balkan War Continues As Bulgarian Navy Sinks Ship

Last week Turkish Vizier Kiamil Pasha proposed to Bulgaria’s King Ferdinand I to negotiate a ceasefire and peace between the two nations. This is because Greece, Serbia and Montenegro continued to advance on all fronts. Bulgaria refused to reply but within a few days Turkey halted an invasion by Bulgaria at the Battle of Çatalca, less than 20 miles from the capital at Istanbul. Because of the heavy casualties Bulgaria abandoned plans to capture the ottoman capital or the city of Edirne. By Tuesday the Balkan nations telegraphed the Ottoman Empire of their terms for a peace treaty. A ceasefire took place between Bulgaria and Turkey while peace terms were discussed. but on Thursday the Ottoman government rejected as unacceptable the Balkan nations’ terms for peace, and war resumed on all fronts.

On November 21, 1912 4 torpedo boats attacked the Ottoman Empire cruiser HAMIDIYE on the Black Sea “and scored at least one hit”, causing some casualties and some damage to the bow. This is the greatest victory the Bulgarian Navy has ever experienced.

Ottoman cruiser HAMIDIYE

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