Ottomans and Armenians: A Study in Counterinsurgency

Ottomans and Armenians: A Study in CounterinsurgencyOttomans and Armenians: A Study in Counterinsurgency ISBN: 1137362200
Published by Palgrave Macmillan on November 12, 2013
Genres: Strategic Studies
Pages: 316

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.

Reviewed by Anne Merritt

Gallipoli: Command Under Fire

Gallipoli: Command Under FireGallipoli: Command Under Fire ISBN: 9781472806697
Published by Osprey Publishing on March 1st 2015
Genres: Australia & New Zealand, Military, Turkey & Ottoman Empire
Pages: 288

Len's Summary: Another look at the ever-fascinating Gallipoli campaign from a Turkish-language specialist and professor at the US Marine Corps University.

Ottomans and Armenians: A Study in Counterinsurgency

Ottomans and Armenians: A Study in CounterinsurgencyOttomans and Armenians: A Study in Counterinsurgency ISBN: 9781137362209
Published by Palgrave Macmillan on November 12th 2013
Genres: Military, Turkey & Ottoman Empire
Pages: 316

Len's Summary: Adduces evidence that Ottoman relocation of Armenian citizens was in response to military necessity.

Ordered to Die: A History of the Ottoman Army in the First World War

Ordered to Die: A History of the Ottoman Army in the First World WarOrdered to Die: A History of the Ottoman Army in the First World War ISBN: 9780313315169
Published by Greenwood Publishing Group on November 30th 2000
Genres: General, Middle East, Military, Turkey & Ottoman Empire, World War I
Pages: 265

Len's Summary: The author is a retired U.S. Army officer and Turkish speaker who worked from Turkish Army archives not routinely accessible to civilian researchers.

Defeat in Detail: The Ottoman Army in the Balkans, 1912-1913

Defeat in Detail: The Ottoman Army in the Balkans, 1912-1913Defeat in Detail: The Ottoman Army in the Balkans, 1912-1913 by Edward J Erickson
ISBN: 9780275978884
Published by Greenwood Publishing Group on February 28th 2003
Genres: History, Europe, Baltic States, Military, Other
Pages: 403

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

Ottoman Army Effectiveness in World War I: A Comparative StudyOttoman Army Effectiveness in World War I: A Comparative Study by Edward J Erickson
ISBN: 9781135984564
Published by Routledge on March 12th 2007
Genres: General, Military, Turkey & Ottoman Empire, World War I
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.

Gallipoli: The Ottoman Campaign

Gallipoli: The Ottoman CampaignGallipoli: The Ottoman Campaign by Edward J Erickson
ISBN: 9781783461660
Published by Pen & Sword Books on January 21st 2015
Genres: Military, Turkey & Ottoman Empire
Pages: 288

Len's Summary: Structure, deployment and tactics of the Ottoman army. The author, a Turkish-speaking retired US Army officer, teaches at the US Marine Corps University, Quantico.

History of WWI: Gallipoli & The Middle East (From The Dardanelles To Mesopotamia)

History of WWI: Gallipoli & The Middle East (From The Dardanelles To Mesopotamia)History of WWI: Gallipoli & The Middle East (From The Dardanelles To Mesopotamia) by Edward J Erickson
ISBN: 9781908273093
Published by Amber Books Ltd on March 2nd 2014
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Turkey & Ottoman Empire
Pages: 224

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.