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Cihangir Akşit's Novels

Sarı Sessizlik

Sarı Sessizlik
The disappearance novel
Sarikamish 1914



Colonel Resat Cigiltepe

Colonel Resat Cigiltepe
A 27 year service in
defense of a nation




Savruluş

Scatter







Conclusions

What a shame that an Army has been destroyed. As like Falih Rıfkı said "If these heroes were alive, we could banish the Greek Army more easly." Ottoman Empire, along with the German Empire, fought on 9 fronts independently. Because of Enver Pasha's organization capability, there had been many improvements at the Army and it fought at 9 fronts at the same time and did not quit tha battle field before its allies.


Photo: The architect of the Russian victory General Yudenich
Photo: The architect of the Russian victory General Yudenich
Russian
casualities
Turkish sources
35,000
Russian casualities
31,000

Mehmetcik's courage in this war is praised even in international sources.

Despite knowing their certain death, they did not stop and turn back. There is not a soldier like that in the world.


Painting: Frozen Turkish soldiers
Painting: Frozen Turkish soldiers
Turkish
casualities
Turkish war department
55,000
Marshal Çakmak
60,000
Russian sources
90,000

Painting: Frozen Turkish soldiers and lice that caused typhus
Painting: Frozen Turkish soldiers and lice that caused typhus

Turkish casualities:

— According to Russian sources 90,000
— According to Turkish war department publications 55,000 (~)
— According to Marshal Çakmak 60,000


Russian casualities:

— According to Turkish sources: 35,000 (~)
— According to Russian sources: 31,000 (~)
Painting: Enver Pasha
Painting: Enver Pasha


Map: Russians were not able to pull back their troops from the Caucassus' front to reinforce the European front
Map: Russians were not able to pull back their troops from the Caucassus' front to reinforce the European front

In return for huge Turkish Casualties at the Sarikamish Front, force transfer from the Caucasus by the Russians was impeded.

Thus, the German Empire tried to win the war first in the west at the French Front in line with the Falkhenhayn’s wish.

The balance at the Russian Front in Europe broke down in favor of the Germans.



Painting: The European Front
Painting: The European Front

During War, a big force was formed in front of the Russian Front which could be an advantage to tha Russian Side.

Turkish Soldiers obeyed the rules as they know they are certainly going to die at the end. These were no panic at any time of the Operation at Turkish Side. Rushan forces also fought valiantly.

Ottoman army has lost a significant amout of strenth and Erzurum - Erzincan, the last large cities the Russans had advanced to.