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Ordered to Die: A History of the Ottoman Army in the First World War (Contributions in Military Studies) [Hardcover]

by Edward J. Erickson
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Book Description

November 30, 2000 0313315167 978-0313315169

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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Editorial Reviews


.,."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.

Product Details

  • Series: Contributions in Military Studies (Book 201)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (November 30, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313315167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313315169
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,372,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ordered to Die February 17, 2001
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 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Piece of Work February 27, 2002
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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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply excellent November 5, 2001
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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