Ottoman Army Effectiveness in World War I
A Comparative Study
By (author) Edward J. Erickson
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Ottoman Army Effectiveness in World War I by Edward J. Erickson
Book DescriptionThis volume examines how the Ottoman Army was able to evolve and maintain a high level of overall combat effectiveness despite the primitive nature of the Ottoman State during the First World War. Structured around four case studies, at the operational and tactical level, of campaigns involving the Ottoman Empire and the British Empire: Gallipoli in 1915, Kut in 1916, Third Gaza-Beersheba in 1917, and Megiddo in 1918. For each of these campaigns, particular emphasis is placed on examining specific elements of combat effectiveness and how they affected that particular battle. The prevalent historiography attributes Ottoman battlefield success primarily to external factors - such as the presence of German generals and staff officers; climate, weather and terrain that adversely affected allied operations; allied bumbling and amateurish operations; and inadequate allied intelligence. By contrast, Edward J. Erickson argues that the Ottoman Army was successful due to internal factors, such as its organizational architecture, a hardened cadre of experienced combat leaders, its ability to organize itself for combat, and its application of the German style of war. Ottoman Army Effectiveness in World War I will be of great interest to students of the First World War, military history and strategic studies in general.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415770996
(234mm x 156mm x 20mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Edward J. Erickson
Palestine, Hardback (July 2016)
In-depth history of the Palestine campaign during the First World War describing the campaign from the Ottoman point of view.
Gallipoli, Hardback (March 2015)
Unique among World War I campaigns, the fighting at Gallipoli brought together a modern amphibious assault and multi-national combined operations. This book focuses on operational and campaign-level decisions and actions, which drove the conduct of the campaign.
Gallipoli - The Ottoman Campaign, Paperback (January 2015)View all books by Edward J. Erickson
PB edition of a full account of the Gallipoli campaign from the Ottoman point of view. Analysis of the defensive strategy and tactics that defeated the Allied landings. A new perspective on one of the most controversial episodes of the Great War.
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Author Biography - Edward J. Erickson
Lt. Col. Edward J. Erickson, US Army (retired) has a Ph.D. from the University of Leeds. He is the author of three books and numerous articles on the Ottoman Army during the early twentieth century.
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