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

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"Colonel Erickson has written an extraordinary book that provides, 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 explanations, including 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 remaining artillery shells."-Camaraderie

..."a major work of research and of historical justice."-The International History Review

, ,," this book will be the definitive work on the subject for the indefinite future and is highly recommended."-Middle East Journal

"This excellent monograph dispels many myths and assesses the overall Ottoman war effort from the "Turkish side of the hill." Comprehensive and balanced, Ordered to Die is likely to remain the definitive study of this topic."-Military Heritage

"A reader interested in the Ottoman campaigns of the time, Erickson is a must. He writes well, and provides a large amount of Order of Battle and biographical information, and his conclusions are stimulating."-The Journal of the Western Front Association

..."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

"Edward Erickson has performed a valuable service for historians in producing the first fully researched overview in English of the Ottoman army in the First World War...Historians without language abilities in Turkish owe Erickson a considerable debt for this essential book."-War in History

"Ordered to Die is the only comprehensive account in English dealing with the Ottoman Army during the Great War....The book presents covers virtually all aspects of the Ottoman Army in the period, organization, training, equipment, tactics, and politics, as well as operations....An important book for anyone interested in the Great War."-The NYMAS Newsletter

?, , , this book will be the definitive work on the subject for the indefinite future and is highly recommended.?-Middle East Journal

?[e]minently readable.?- Stand To!

?[e]minently readable.?-Stand To!

?,, this book will be the definitive work on the subject for the indefinite future and is highly recommended.?-Middle East Journal

?...a major work of research and of historical justice.?-The International History Review

?This excellent monograph dispels many myths and assesses the overall Ottoman war effort from the "Turkish side of the hill." Comprehensive and balanced, Ordered to Die is likely to remain the definitive study of this topic.?-Military Heritage

?A reader interested in the Ottoman campaigns of the time, Erickson is a must. He writes well, and provides a large amount of Order of Battle and biographical information, and his conclusions are stimulating.?-The Journal of the Western Front Association

?...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

?Edward Erickson has performed a valuable service for historians in producing the first fully researched overview in English of the Ottoman army in the First World War...Historians without language abilities in Turkish owe Erickson a considerable debt for this essential book.?-War in History

?Ordered to Die is the only comprehensive account in English dealing with the Ottoman Army during the Great War....The book presents covers virtually all aspects of the Ottoman Army in the period, organization, training, equipment, tactics, and politics, as well as operations....An important book for anyone interested in the Great War.?-The NYMAS Newsletter

?Colonel Erickson has written an extraordinary book that provides, 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 explanations, including 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 remaining artillery shells.?-Camaraderie

.,."a major work of research and of historical justice."-The International History Review

.,."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

About the Author

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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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,281,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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The author asks the following questions above:
"Have you ever wondered why the Turks were still in the field in late 1918? The historiography of the war fails to answer this question. The simple fact is that their army was much more effective than is generally thought. They fought a three (and at times a four and five) front war for four years. They did not collapse (as did the Austro-Hungarians, the Russians, the Bulgarians, and others). Their POW rate was very low throughout most of the war. They fought outnumbered in almost every battle and they suffered huge casualties. Overall, the fighting history of the Ottoman Army is a remarkable story. "Ordered To Die" seeks to explain exactly how the Turks went about their war and why they were often successful. Indeed they were a very effective army".

Well, those four or five fronts were a long way from their opponents' supply lines (and from their own in several cases, mind you), so their enemies couldn't bring their full force to bear; not to mention being a relative backwater to the Western allies in a World War. Bear in mind the Turkish army's collapse in the Balkan War a few years earlier. However, the Turkish army was extremely tenacious in combat, and did suffer horrendous casualties, but the Turkish high command frittered away their resources in poorly conceived offensive operations, as this book makes clear. The British high command doesn't come out of it too well either, in the early part of the war, but that is no secret.

This book is based on mainly Turkish-language sources; the author is a former NATO officer attached to the modern Turkish army, and received much help from his former colleagues in accessing Turkish archives.
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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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