‘The incident at Petrich’ is the name given to a brief border conflict between Bulgaria and Greece in 1925. The conflict was sparked by an unusual cause however. What was this?

Answer: A Greek border guard ran after his dog, which had strayed across the border from Greece into Bulgaria. The soldier was spotted by Bulgarian soldiers and shot. As relations between the nations were already fraught, the incident quickly escalated to an armed conflict. The origins of the incident mean it is also known as ‘The War of the Stray Dog’.

Source: Stupid History by Leland Gregory

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