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Following the devastation resulting from the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire beginning in 1915, the survivors of the massacres were dispersed across the Middle East, Europe and North and South America. Not content with watching World War I silently from the sidelines, a large number of Armenian volunteers joined the Legion d'Orient. They were trained in Cyprus and fought courageously in Palestine and Cilicia alongside Allied commander General Allenby, eventually playing a crucial role in defeating German and Ottoman forces in Palestine at the Battle of Arara in September 1918. The…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
Following the devastation resulting from the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire beginning in 1915, the survivors of the massacres were dispersed across the Middle East, Europe and North and South America. Not content with watching World War I silently from the sidelines, a large number of Armenian volunteers joined the Legion d'Orient. They were trained in Cyprus and fought courageously in Palestine and Cilicia alongside Allied commander General Allenby, eventually playing a crucial role in defeating German and Ottoman forces in Palestine at the Battle of Arara in September 1918.
The Armenian Legionnaires signed up on the understanding that they would be fighting in Syria and Turkey, and, should the Allies be successful, they would be part of an occupying army in their old homelands, laying the foundation for a self-governing Armenian state.
Susan Paul Pattie describes the motivations and dreams of the Armenian Legionnaires and their ultimate betrayal as the French and the British shifted priorities, leaving their ancestral Armenian homelands to the emerging Republic of Turkey. Complete with eyewitness accounts, letters and photographs, this book provides an insight into relations between the Great Powers through the lens of a small, vulnerable people caught in a war that was not their own, but which had already destroyed their known world.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: I.B.Tauris
  • Artikelnr. des Verlages: 439127
  • Seitenzahl: 288
  • Erscheinungstermin: 30. Dezember 2018
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 236mm x 163mm x 28mm
  • Gewicht: 602g
  • ISBN-13: 9781788311250
  • ISBN-10: 1788311256
  • Artikelnr.: 52611371
Inhaltsangabe
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Dedication
Acknowledgements
Note on the Content of The Armenian Legionnaires
Timeline
Chapter One: Armenians in a World at War
Introduction and Context
Chapter Two: The Armenian Legion at the Crossroads of Imperial Politics
By Varak Ketsemanian
Chapter Three: Recruitment and the Voyage
Chapter Four: Training in Cyprus
Chapter Five: Palestine and Preparation for Battle
Chapter Six: The Battle of Arara
Chapter Seven: The Next Stages: Beirut
Chapter Eight: To Cilicia, "The Promised Land"
Chapter Nine: Repatriation and Increasing Uncertainties
Chapter Ten: The Transfer of Power in Marash
Chapter Eleven: The Battles of Marash or "The Marash Affair"
Chapter Twelve: The Aftermath
Epilogue
Appendix
Short Biographies
Dickran Boyajian by Mark Mamigonian
Vahan Portukalian by Gagik Stepan-Sarkissian
Hagop Arevian
Ovsia Saghdejian by Vahe Apelian
B. Letters and Declarations
Official Declaration to the Armenian People
Statement by General Henri Gouraud
Letters of Commendation(excerpts) compiled by Boyajian
C. "The French Record in Cilicia" from the Christian Science Monitor, 1921.
An interview with legionnaire Lieutenant John Shishmanian.

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Celebratory and heroic. It is written in the style of retrieving noble lost causes, gestures of bravery and fortitude that deserve preservation ... The photographs and first-person accounts of military service in the Middle East are intriguing. Slavonic and East European Review