The Incident at Petrich was a crisis between Bulgaria-icon.png Kingdom of Bulgariaball and Hellenic State-icon.png Kingdom of Greeceball and would turn into a war.

Background

The Balkans, a region of Europe and a dumpst Edit er fire. Throughout history, the Balkans would go to war for just about everything. Let's rewind a bit to 1890 when the Ottomans were losing their grip in the Balkans. Balkan nationalism was rising, which resulted in the First Balkan War. Ethnic groups were rising, especially in Greece and Bulgaria. The Balkans kicked the Ottomans out, but ethnic groups were still fighting with each other. Ethnic groups from Greece and Bulgaria fought over the regions of Macedonia and Eastern Thrace. After the First Balkan War, the Bulgarians wanted Eastern Thrace and Macedonia, which resulted in the Second Balkan War. No surprise, the Bulgarians got kicked out of those territories and lost the war since the Bulgarians betrayed all of their allies. Then WW1 happened, and Bulgaria lost more. Since the Bulgarians lost WW1, attacks happened on the Bulgarian-Greek border. Bulgaria suspects Greece for helping those groups, while Greece suspects the opposite. These attacks happened throughout the border, which led to 1925.

Incident

On October 18th, 1925, a Greek soldier ran after this dog trying to get him back onto the Greek-Bulgarian border. The dog was running near Belasitsa. The border was guarded by Bulgarian sentries who saw a Greek soldier running towards them along with a dog. No surprise, the Bulgarians shot the Greek soldier and the dog. Another version says that a squad of Bulgarian soldiers crossed the border and killed a Greek captain.

Bulgarian and Greek reactions

The Bulgarian government realized they fucked up and said that it was a misunderstanding and even let Greek police investigate the scene. The Greek government didn't accept this and wanted the punishment of those responsible. They also wanted an official apology and two million French francs in compensation for the victims. Until Bulgaria could accept this terms, the Greeks sent soldiers to Petrich. Bulgaria said no to all of this and realized that they would lose another war. The Bulgarians ran to the League of Nations for help.

War and International Intervention

Luckily, some fighting broke out and the Bulgarians fortified Petrich. Before things could escalate, the League of Nations put their foot down. They ordered a cease-fire, the withdrawal of Greek troops from Bulgaria, and ordered Greece to pay £45,000 to Bulgaria. Greece accepted and things went back to normal. Well except for the 50 people that died and the dictator Pangalos, who was overthrown by the same army in 1926.

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