Erickson’s book was called “courageous and provocative” by Tomlinson prize-winner Sean McMeekin. It offers a counterinsurgency military explanation for the 1915 relocation of the Armenians in eastern Turkey.
Erickson documents the beginning of the Armenian insurgency with the secret committees of the 1890s and their evolution into the Armenian armed resistance. When the Ottomans launched an offensive against Russia in late 1914 a small number of Armenians in the eastern provinces of Turkey rose in revolt and menaced the vulnerable Ottoman rail link to the Caucasus front. Threatened in the Dardanelles by Great Britain and France, pressured in the South by British forces, the Ottoman Army countered the Armenian uprising in the East using population relocation.
A successful counterinsurgency strategy against the Armenians became a public relations nightmare as thousands of Armenians were massacred or simply died of exposure during their relocation. The Ottomans were and remain defiant in defending their actions. Some Armenians continued to be killed for years, yet, as Erickson argues, more than 300,000 were allowed to remain in their homes in western Turkey. The “Armenian genocide” remains highly controversial.
Len's Summary: Colonel Erickson is a retired Army officer who served in Turkey and speaks Turkish. He earlier book on the Ottoman Army in The Great War, Ordered to Die (Praeger 2002), was reviewed in Stand To!. Both books draws heavily on Turkish Army archives not routinely open to scholars. Colonel Erickson is scheduled to speak at our July 2004 WFA annual national seminar at SUNY, Plattsburgh.
Ottoman Army Effectiveness in World War I: A Comparative Study by Edward J Erickson ISBN: 9781135984564 Published byRoutledge on March 12th 2007 Pages: 256
Len's Summary: By a Turkish-speaking expert on the Ottoman army who served in Turkey during his U.S. Army career. Colonel Erickson makes the case for an army of unusual skill and cohesiveness even in defeat. The author has spoken at several GWS and WFA seminars.
Len's Summary: Written by a Turkish speaking former US Army officer, the author of several other books on the Ottoman army in World War One. Dr. Erickson is speaking at our 2012 WW1HA national seminar.
On Saturday March 12 the WW1HA hosted its first ever online quiz night. This was a fun way to get geographically distant members together virtually. We are considering doing this a few times a year.
The next issue of World War One Illustrated (WWOI) will be printed shortly. Members/subscribers should receive their printed issue in the next month or so.
Members are encouraged to participate in the monthly online seminars hosted by the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter; and we plan to announce a gathering of WW1HA members at the National World War I Museum’s Fall 2022 symposium. Stay tuned!
Do you have a special interest or knowledge regarding a WW1 topic? Consider sharing your knowledge by writing an article for WWOI or a shorter blog post (500 – 1,000 words) for the WW1HA Facebook page. Talk to Editor Ed Klekowski (email@example.com) or Charles Van Way (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
Finally, you can always reach out to me with your thoughts or questions.