Ordered to Die: A History of the Ottoman Army in the First World War

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001 - History - 265 pages
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The first general history in English of the Ottoman Army in the First World War, "Ordered to Die" is based on newly available Turkish archival and official sources. Outnumbered and outgunned, the Ottoman Army performed astonishingly well in the field and managed to keep fighting until the end of the war, long after many other armies had quit the field. It fought a multi-front war against sophisticated and capable enemies, including Great Britain, France, and Russia. Erickson challenges conventional thinking about Ottoman war aims, Ottoman military effectiveness, and the influence of German assistance.

Written at the strategic and operational levels, this study frames the Turkish military contributions in a unitary manner by establishing linkages between campaigns and theaters. It also contains the first detailed discussion of Ottoman operations in Galicia, Romania, and Macedonia. Erickson provides a wealth of information on Ottoman Army organization, deployments, strategy, and staff procedures. He examines with particular attention the army's role in the Armenian deportations and the intelligence available to the Turks in 1914 and 1915. Appendixes include biographies of important commanders, the efforts of the Ottoman Air Force, Ottoman casualties, as well as a wartime chronology.

 

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Erickson was in a unique position, thanks to his command of the language and a NATO posting in the coutry, to work the history studies of the Turkish General Staff into a bird's view on the other side ... Read full review

Contents

1 Army on the Brink 19081914
1
2 Plans
15
3 The Early Offensives November 1914March 1915
51
4 Under Attack April 1915January 1916
75
5 High Tide JanuaryDecember 1916
119
6 Strategic Pause JanuaryDecember 1917
159
7 End of Empire JanuaryNovember 1918
179
8 Conclusion
207
Appendix B The Ottoman General Staff Summer 1914
223
Appendix D The Ottoman Aviation Inspectorate and Aviation Squadrons
227
Appendix E German Military Assistance
231
Appendix F Ottoman Casualties
237
Appendix G Turkey in the First World WarChronology
245
Selected Bibliography
251
Index
257
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Appendix A Commanders Biographies
217

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About the author (2001)

EDWARD J. ERICKSON teaches social studies at Norwich High School in Norwich, New York./e After serving as an infantry noncommissioned officer in airborne assignments, he was commissioned in the Field Artillery and served with divisional and corps artillery units in the United States, Germany, Italy, Turkey, and in Operation Desert Storm.

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