Did You Know A Stray Dog Caused A War?

Known as The War of The Stray Dog or the Incident at Petrich, this was the war between Greece and Bulgaria which was caused when a stray dog crossed into territories where Bulgarian soldiers were situated.

Dog Causes Greece Bulgaria War

It occurred in 1925 when a Greek soldier ran after his dog which crossed the border from Greece into Belasitsa, which belongs to both Greece and Bulgaria and also The Republic of Macedonia.

When the Greek soldier was spotted, a Bulgarian sentry shot down the soldier. The two countries were already in a tense situation with disputes about the borders.

This incident led to uproar in Greece and the country eventually decided to invade Bulgaria. 50 lives were lost in war before the League of Nations intervened and managed to stop the war.

All of this because of a stray dog.

 

 

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