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Ordered to Die: A History of the Ottoman Army in the First World War (Contributions in Military Studies) Hardcover – November 30, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0313315169 ISBN-10: 0313315167

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Product Details

  • Series: Contributions to the Study of American Literature, (Book 201)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (November 30, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313315167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313315169
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,308,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.,."a comprehensive and valuable study from the perspective of the 'other side, ' deepening our understanding of the war in the Middle East, and widening the basis for future comparative works on specific campaigns and fronts."-Journal of Military History

Book Description

Explanation of how the Turks sustained their combat effectiveness and fighting capability until November 1918, long after many other armies had quit the field.


More About the Author

Dr. Ed Erickson is a retired regular US Army lieutenant colonel, who served with the 3rd Armored Division in Operation Desert Storm (1991), headquarters IFOR in Operation Joint Endeavor (1995) and the 4th Infantry Division in Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003). He has a PhD in history from the University of Leeds in the UK and he specializes in the the Ottoman Army from 1877-1923. Dr. Erickson is a professor of military history at the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia and can be reached at edward.erickson@usmc.mil.

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Congratulations and thanks to Mr. Erickson.
Seref Bornovali
The details of every single action and battle that the Turkish Army was involved in WWI were carefully selected and tailored.
"historyloversi"
I believe that Mr. Erickson had a great job by writing this book.
Remzi C Yilmaz

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Remzi C Yilmaz on January 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I believe that Mr. Erickson had a great job by writing this book. He had made an outstanding resarch and analysis about Ottoman Empire and its army in the World War I. The strategies and combats in the war have been explained with every single detail. He also wrote about Mustafa K Ataturk, the founder of Modern Turkey, his famous quote "I don't order you to attack, I order you to die", which inspired the title of this book. I can truly say that this book is one of my favorite books. For non-native English speakers, I can easily say that it is not a difficult book to read.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jim Minnoch on February 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Colonel Erickson has written an extraordinary book that provided, for the first time, a comprehensive chronicle of the often misunderstood Turkish Army of the Great War. This book belongs in the bookcase of all students of that tumultuous period. No other book exists that contains such a valuable amount of accurate information and explainations, including the much sought-after Orders of Battle with firm numbers that are unattainable elsewhere. This inside view sheds new light on famous battles, such as that of Gallipoli, often down to the last remaining artillery shells. The facination has been contageous. The cost is well worth it, in any currency.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "historyloversi" on February 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
What a remarkable study and research from Mr. Erickson. I gave 5 stars mainly because of the extensive research done by the author which ranks as number one on the subject. The details of every single action and battle that the Turkish Army was involved in WWI were carefully selected and tailored. Probably the most comprehensible book written on this subject except the official archives. Statistical information, references from eye withnesses, technical details of the combat units all available in this book. Do not purchase it if you are looking for a rather easy reading war memoirs. Can there be more to be said? Yes but still the book fills a gap. This is a professional work with great tactical detail. A must for every military history buff.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Seref Bornovali on November 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a really great book, superior in every aspect. For some unknown reasons, many people believe the WW1 is nothing but the Trench Warfare. However, there have been other battles on the Turkish Front, none of them being less impressive than the ones in Europe.
The book gives a good idea about the Turkish forces during the WW1. It has the honor of being the first serious review in English language and I hope it will stimulate further research.
I am glad I bought this book. The price appears to be high, but turns out to be reasonable in comparison to the value, as there is no way to reach this information elsewhere.
Congratulations and thanks to Mr. Erickson.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mesut UYAR on August 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
It is the first English written military history book about WWI from the Turkish sources. So its giving the story from the other side of the front.

Even though author did not use original archives documents he still did a very good job. He managed to draw a face for the Turkish soldiers in opposition to other works.

I strongly advise it for everybody who wants to learn more than romantic Lawrence of Arabia stories.
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