The French cemetery in Skopje, which is smaller than that of Bitola, houses nearly 3 000 bodies: 930 individual graves as well as two ossuaires of approximately one thousand bodies each. They are soldiers of the French army of Oriental army fallen between 1915 and 1918. After difficult beginnings in the Dardannelles and Thessaloniki, an episode remained famous in the annals of the French army. On September 29, 1918, Skopje, then under Bulgarian domination, was the scene of the last load of the history of the French cavalry under the orders of General François Léon Jouinot-Gambetta (Neon Gambetta Nephew). After a raid of 70 km through the mountains, the cavalry brigade of the Moroccan and hunters of Africa surprises the German-Bulgarian army, which has to retreat to Tetovo. This decisive victory led to the surrender of Bulgaria on the same day. The land of this ancient gypsy cemetery was transferred by the town council of Skopje in February 1923. The alleys are impeccably maintained, and the guard's small house houses documents relating to this little-known episode of the Great War. Do not hesitate to show up with the guards in case of closed doors.
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