Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Putting a Face on the Ottoman Army

As almost all of our readers, I'm a big fan of those World War I movies set in the Middle East like Lawrence of Arabia, Gallipoli, and The Light Horsemen, However, they tend to neglect the opposition.  Here are some selections from Tony Langley's collection that give the officers and men of the Turkish Army a face. (A few of these include German officers and troops.)


  1. Ed Erickson of The US Marine Corps University, a retired Turkish-speaking Army foeign area specialist, has written several books on the Ottoman Army in the Balkan and First World Wars. These are available from Amazon.

  2. In my search of Amazon, "Ed Erickson" is not known. Does someone know of any specific titles?

    Thanks, AO3021398

    1. Try this page: