The Ottoman Army 1908 to 1918: a tumultuous decade of reform

Thursday 8 May 2014, 7:00 PM–8:30 PM at Mosman Library

It is now 100 years since the start of the First World War and we know very little about the Ottoman Army.

David Wilson, military historian will look at what was arguably the most turbulent decade of reform in the Ottoman Army.

He will consider the reasons the Ottoman Empire sided with the Central Powers, the impact of the Balkan Wars and place in context the Empire’s wartime objectives with reference to the Gallipoli and Sinai campaigns.

We will also find out about “Johnny Turk” from the strategic level leaders to the stalwart “Mehmet”.

This promises to be an enlightening exposé on one of Australia’s most significant but little-known wartime opponents — now one of our staunchest allies.

David’s presentation