Armies of the Greek-Turkish War 1919-22 by Philip Jowett, Stephen Walsh

By Philip Jowett, Stephen Walsh

This can be a complete advisor to the armies that fought a devastating and decisive clash within the jap Mediterranean among the 2 international Wars of the 20 th century. From the preliminary Greek invasion, designed to "liberate" the 100,000 ethnic Greeks that lived in Western Turkey and had performed for hundreds of years, to Mustapha Kemal Ataturk's enormously effective formation of a countrywide executive and a standard military, this used to be a battle that formed the geopolitical panorama of the Mediterranean to this present day. It gave start to the trendy Turkish country, displacing hundreds of thousands and developing sour stories of atrocities devoted through either side. Augmented with very infrequent pictures and lovely illustrations, this ground-breaking identify explores the historical past, association, and visual appeal of the armies, either guerilla and traditional, that fought during this bloody struggle.

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His shoulder boards are backed with branch-of-service blue, and bear the two lengthways gold braid stripes and three silver stars of his rank. Each of the gold inverted chevrons on his left upper sleeve indicates six months’ front-line service. His rank is also shown on the band of his M1908 képi, by five black cords, and a gold-wire crown surmounts the cockade. His ‘Sam Browne’ belt supports a Steyr M1912 semi-automatic pistol. B3: Standard-bearer, 33rd Infantry Regiment, 1921 This veteran sergeant serves in a unit of the 5th Division under II Corps, which was commanded by King Constantine’s younger brother Prince Andrew.

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Although his trousers are ex-Ottoman Army issue his leggings and footwear are local peasant items. The locally made haversack and his bandolier are typical of the kind of basic equipment used by the hardpressed Nationalist Army. Russian Mosin-Nagant M1891 rifles were gratefully received by the Nationalists after their pact with the Soviet Union in 1921. F3: Private, Infantry, Eskisehir, 1921 This private also wears the new cylindrical hat, which was made locally from any available khaki or brown material and in varying heights.

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