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H . 38 THE SEOOND YEAR OE THE WAR
g European side of the Egean capable of
E , serving as such a base.
Next, the presence of an increasing
E force at Salonika, had upon any plans the
Q Germans might have had of action
towards the East, the same effect which a
man behind a door with a loaded gun has
upon those who would pass that door.
It did not prevent Germany from muni-
tioning the Turks and adventuring certain
forces Eastward in alliance with the
Turkish armies, but it prevented any
p large effort towards the East by the
l enemy, which could not be undertaken
l until this threat upon the Hank of its
communications should be reduced.
I In the third place, as the garrison of
; Salonika grew to formidable dimensions,
it immobilised and counterpoised the
whole of the Bulgarian forces. ‘
To these three points we might add a
s fourth, political one; the occupation of
Salonika effectively restrained the Prussia
sympathics of the Court at Athens.
Meanwhile, the enemy’s occupation of
Scrbia and the opportunities of Bulgaria
T upon his side had a political effect among
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