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Documents On Ottoman-Armenians, Volume I

Published: 01-15-2017


"...[T]hese records were at the time compiled for strictly internal use, i.e. for in-house consideration, and were not intended for public consumption, [so that] one may be reasonably safe in declaring the evidence obtained thusly as incontestable."

Vahakn Dadrian was not entirely on the mark when he referred to internal German-government reports as "incontestable" (in his "signal facts" article from 2003); the people who prepare such reports could, after all, be mistaken from time to time. However, what is incontestable is that internal reports are prepared largely with honest intent, and may be generally accepted as trustworthy.

 

The TAT site has stressed Western and Armenian sources to turn the genocide myth on its ear, since these parties were raised with anti-Turkish sentiments, and had no reason to defend the Turks — very much opposed to the sources demonstrating a genocide, who had every reason to be untruthful, or conned by beloved Armenians whispering in their ears. Now, however, it is time for a change.

 

It would be absurd to write about a nation's history by exclusively relying upon what the enemies of a nation had to say. Yet that is exactly how the "facts" for the "Armenian genocide" have been compiled. Now we can understand with better clarity why Armenian and genocide scholars can be such frauds.

 

Prof. Justin McCarthy exposes the likes of these propagandists:

 

Why rely on Ottoman archival accounts to write history? Because they are the sort of solid data that is the basis of all good history. The Ottomans did not write propaganda for today's media. The reports of Ottoman soldiers and officials were not political documents or public relations exercises. They were secret internal reports in which responsible men relayed what they believed to be true to their government. They might sometimes have been mistaken, but they were never liars. There is no record of deliberate deception in Ottoman documents. Compare this to the dismal history of Armenian Nationalist deceptions: fake statistics on population, fake statements attributed to Mustafa Kemal, fake telegrams of Talat Pasha, fake reports in a Blue Book, misuse of court records and, worst of all, no mention of Turks who were killed by Armenians.

 

What you will be reading below, time after time after time, clearly demonstrate Armenian treachery and belligerence, and the Ottomans' attempts to perform their governmental duty to preserve order. The reports also demonstrate, far from having it in for the Armenians, that the Ottomans attempted to safeguard Armenian lives and properties. In short, they demonstrate that the concept of "genocide" has no basis in reality.

 

These documents come courtesy of the Turkish "Military History Documents Magazine," and were compiled into three separate volumes by the Turkish "Directorate General of Press and Information," translated into English and French, for distribution on the world stage (wonder how far that effort got?). The names of these books were "Documents I" (this page), "Documents on Ottoman Armenians - II" and "...III," and published in 1982, 1983 and 1986, respectively. The Ottoman originals were also included in these books, where they may be accessed in the .PDF file version of these books, made available on the University of Louisville's web site: Vol. 1, Vol. 2, and Vol. 3.

 

An average of a quarter-century has passed since these volumes first appeared, and yet it appears no Turkish person, governmental or civilian, has taken the trouble to make these very valuable documents available on the Internet. Isn't that incredible?

 

What is below has been faithfully reproduced for the most part (for example, retaining the quaint British spelling), but some errors in English have been corrected.

 TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

NO:                 DATE OF DOCUMENT              SUBJECT

 

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1)   9.7.1914 Order of 3rd Army Commander on measures to counter Russian provocations through Caucasian Armenians.

 

2)  30.7.1914 Identifications of Armenians serving as 3rd Lt. in the Turkish Army.

 

3)  6.9.1914 Interior Ministry instruction on Zeytun gang.

 

4)  6.9.1914 Letter of Ambassador in Teheran on links Between Russians and Iranian and Caucasian Armenians.

 

5)  13.9.1914 Letter of Erzurum Provincial authority on Armenians provoked by Russians.

 

6)  8.10.1914 Report by Trabzon Governor on information related to organizing of Armenian armed raiders by Russian Government

 

7)  11.10.1914 Report by 3rd Army Command on arming of Armenians by Russians.

 

8)  24.10.1914 Report by 2nd Cavalry Division Commander on Kagizman incidents.

 

9)  29.11.1914 Coded message from Kazim Bey on Van rebels

 

10) 4.12.1914 Report by Gendarmerie Commander Kazim Bey (Ozalp) on Van Rebellion.

 

11) 20.12.1914 Proposal by Erzurum Governor Tahsin Bey to Acting Commander-in-Chief Enver Pasha related to Van rebellion.

 

12) 21.2.1915 Report by Acting 11th Army Corps Commander on Armenian military deserters in the Mus region.

 

13) 28.2.1915 Coded message by 11th Army Corps Command on assassination of one lieutenant and four Gendarmerie enlisted men by Armenians during the search of Arak Monastery.

 

14) 11.3.1915 Instruction on method for securing public order

 

15) 15.3.1915 List of Turks murdered by Armenian gangs.

 

16) 18.3.1915 Coded message from Bronzar Pasha on Zeytun incidents

 

17) 19.3.1915 Letter from Van Gendarmerie Division Command on Armenian attacks on Gendarmerie outposts and men.

 

18) 24.3.1915 Report on Armenian aggressions on Moslem villages and on gendarmeries in Van and Bitlis regions.

 

19) 8.4.1915 Coded message from 4th Army Commander Cemal Pasha on the link of the Patriarch with Zeytun incidents.

 

20 7.4.1915 Respond of Acting Supreme Command to the Armenian Patriarch on justice.

 

21) 16.4.1915 Letter from Van Gendarmerie Division Command on measures to counter Armenian attacks on Gendarmerie outposts.

 

22) 20.4.1915 Report from Van Governor Cevdet Bey on Van rebellion.

 

23) 20.4.1915 Coded message from Governor of Van on expansion of the rebellion.

 

24)23.10.1918 Report from 9th Army Corps Command on aggressions and plundering by Armenians in Moslem villages

 

25) 26.4.1915 Order by the Supreme Command on closing down Hunchak and Dashnak and similar committees and their branches

 

26) 2.5.1915 Instruction of the Acting Supreme Command on rooting out of Armenian rebel sources in Lake Van region

 

27) 21.5.1915 Coded message from Supreme Command informing participation of Armenian Gang leader Antranik with his men in the Russian Division of Chernoroyod.

 

28). 10.6.1915 Regulation on the administration of assets and properties of Armenians to be transferred to other locations in view of the war and the extraordinary political circumstances.

 

29) 15.6.1915 Report from Acting 10 th Army Corps Commander Pertev Bey on the clash with Armenians on the old fortress of Karahisar

 

30) 18,6.1916 Report by Sivas Governor Muammer Bey that Armenian rebels in Karahisar are put under control.

 

31)   23.7.1915 5th Army Corps Command letter on aggressions of Armenians in Moslem villages in Bogazliyan

 

32)  29.7.1915 4th Army Command Report on the development of the clash between 400 Armenian rebels in Findicik village of Maras and the 132th Regiment.

 

33)  18.8.1915 Report from the Communications Inspectorate on the attacks of Armenian enlisted men of the Urfa Workers Battalion on Moslem soldiers.

 

34)  23.8.1915 Coded message from 3 rd Army Command on Armenian rebels in Karahisar.

 

35)  24.8.1915 Defence Ministry order on actions to suppress Armenian aggressions in the Yalova region.

 

36)  14.9.1915 Coded message from 4th Army Command on Mount Musa incidents

 

37)  22.9.1915 French Statement on Mount Musa incidents

 

38)  9.10.1915 War telegraph from 4th Army Command on suppressing Armenian rebellion in Urfa.

 

39)  15.10.1915 4th Army Command coded message on confrontation in Urfa

 

40) 12.4.1916 Report by Military Attache in Bucharest on Armenian volunteers Organization in the Caucasus.

 

41) 17.12.1916 Interior Ministry announcement on migration.

 

42) 4.10.1917 3rd Army Command report related to Armenian massacres

 

43) 18.10.1917 Report on trade by Greek, Armenian and Jewish traders in Istanbul buying food and gold from German army personnel in Istanbul.

 

44) 5.12.1917 Cease-fire agreement between the Ottoman and the Russian armies in the Caucasus front.

 

45) 22.1.1918 3rd Army Command report on Armenian cruelties and atrocities in Erzincan.

 

46) 22.1.1918 Armenian cruelties in Erzincan.

 

47) 29.1.1918 Letter from Ottoman Caucasian/ Armies Commander Vehip Pasha to Russian Caucasian Armies Commander-in-Chief General Perjovalski.

 

48) 30.1.1918 Reports by 1st Caucasian Army. Corps Commander Kazim Karabekir on Armenian cruelties.

 

49) 2.2.1918 Cruelties by a 2000 men gang made by Armenians, Georgians and Greeks in the Polathane region. 2nd Caucasian Army Corps Command report on details of atrocities.

 

50) 3.2.1918 Situation in Erzincan and Armenian atrocities.

 

51) 6.2.1918 Letter of South Caucasian Assembly Speaker Kekechkori on peace

 

52) 6.2.1918 3rd Army Command order on measures to protect Turks from Armenian cruelties in regions behind withdrawing Russian positions.

 

53) 6.2.1918 Report of General Odishelidje on searches by Russian soldiers of Moslem homes in Erzincan under the pretext of a Moslem revolution.

 

54) 21.2.1918 Reply from General Odishelidje to Vehip Pasha.

 

55) 10.2.1918 Views of 3rd Army Command on advancing of the 1st Caucasian Army Corps towards Erzincan.

 

56) 10.2.1918 Proposal of the Supreme Command related to the report of General Odishelidje.

 

57) 13.2.1918 1st Caucasian Army Corps report on the entering of the 108th Regiment in Erzincan, against Armenian gangs resistance.

 

58) 20.2.1918 2nd Caucasian Army Corps Command Report on Georgian and Armenian committees in Trabzon to deliver their arms. and goods to Turks, and on murdering of over 200 Moslems by Armenian gang led by Arshak before leaving Bayburt in the direction of Erzurum.

 

59) 21.2.1918 3rd Army Command report on liberating Bayburt and cruelties of Armenian gangs.

 

60) 23.2.1918 Report on Armenian cruelties in Adilcevaz and Mamahatun.

 

61) 23.2.1918 3rd Army Command letter of Sansa passage incident.

 

62)  27.2.1918 Report wf General Kazim Karabekir on Armenian cruelties

 

63)  2.3,1918 Report of 3rd Army Command on Armenian cruelties.

 

64)  13.3.1918 Letter by Istanbul and Izmir deputies to the International Socialist Conference in Stockholm.

 

65)  21.3.1918 Report of the 3rd Army Command on the situation in Erzincan and Erzurum.

 

66)  25.3.1918 Army Command order on just treatment to the people during the advance deployment of the 3rd Army.

 

67)  29.3.1918 Report of Armenian Forces Commander in Erzurum General Antranik as published in the Caucasian newspaper Kabasluv.

 

68)  29.3.1918 Message by General Kazim Karabekir to the Armenian community of Kars.

 

69)  1.4.1918 Report Stating that number of Turks murdered by Armenians in Erzurum alone was 2,127 according to corpses recovered.

 

70) 20.4.1918 Letter of 3rd Army Command ordering equal and just treatment to everybody with no religious discrimination.

 

71) 1.5.1918 Cable describing Armenian cruelties and massacres in the region from Trabzon to Erzincan.

 

72) 2.5.1918 Cable exposing Armenian cruelties in Erzincan.

 

73) 3.5.1918 Letter from Caucasian Front Ottoman Armies Command to the Russian Commander-in-Chief of Caucasian Armies related to leaving to the mercy of Armenians the people in places, evacuated by Russians

 

74) 5.5.1918 Document related to marriage of a member of the Sultan’s family with an Armenian woman named Vartanus.

 

75) 16.5.1918 Report by Group Commander Brig. General Sevki to the 3rd Army Command on Armenian cruelties.

 

76) 23.5.1918 27.5.1918 Turkish translation of the Cable of author Dr. Stephan Eshnanie on Armenian cruelties.

 

77) Translation from Russian the memories of Russian Officer Toverdahleiov, prisoner of war, on Armenian atrocities and cruelties against Turks in Erzurum and the region, from the beginning of the Russian Revolution until 27.2.1918.

 

78) 20.6.1918 Letter of General Kazim Karabekir to Armenian Army Corps Commander Nazarbehov on massacre of Moslem population in the Armenian Republic by Armenian gangs.

 

79) 27.6.1918 Letter by Russian Army Corps to the Independent Armenian Commission in Gumru requesting that the Turkish Command is informed of the atrocities by Armenian gangs led by Antranik in Nahcivan region.

 

80) 2.7.1918 Letter by Vehip Pasha to the Armenian National Assembly Speaker in Batum on cruelties suffered by Turkish people of Baku and Azerbaidjan.

 

81) 2.7.1918 Report by Eastern Armies Group Commander Esat Pasha on murder of 200 Moslems in Islam villages by Armenians.

 

82) 10.7.1918 Report by Esat Pasha on murder of 7,000 Moslems in Dilman and 1000 Moslems in Rumiye by Armenians, indiscriminately, women, children, old and alike.

 

83) 24.7.1918 Letter of Eastern Armies Group Commander Halil Pasha urging deployment of troops to prevent the annihilation of Moslems by Armenians in Karabag.

 

84) 25.8.1918 Report disclosing activities of Armenians under false names.

 

85) 28.8.1918 Interior Ministry statement announcing the results of the investigation by District Governor of Yusufeli on Armenian cruelties.

 

86) 5.9.1918 Border demarcation according to Batum Peace Agreement.

 

87) 3.10.1918 9th Army Corps Command Report on Armenian attacks on Moslem villages of the Gokcegol region.

 

88) 24.10.1918 9th Army Command report on cruelties and massacres by Armenians on Moslem population of Erivan, Karabag and Nahcivan regions.

 

PREFACE

Armenian terrorist gangs have been waging a campaign of hatred towards Turkey during the last ten years, indiscriminately slaughtering and maiming innocent people.


Unfortunately certain countries have attempted to justify and find extenuating circumstances for these heinous acts of terrorism, which are a blatant violation of fundamental rights, international law and basic humanity.


The campaign aims at wining the support for these claims of the so-called "Armenian Genocide" which lacks any historical foundation and originates only in unjust and biased information arising from lies and slanders. It also seeks to achieve their demands, which have no logical and legal foundation whatsoever. Such claims, distorting history and facts, are unfortunately supported by the media of some countries.


The periodical MILITARY HISTORY DOCUMENTS published by the Military History and Strategic Studies Department of the Turkish General Staff, devoted its December 1982 (No.81) issue to the First World War years, so much referred to in these baseless charges and allegations. Documents published in the periodical catalogue Armenian atrocities and massacres perpetrated on Turkish people in these years. The documents also very explicitly demonstrate the just and compassionate treatment by the Ottoman Administration to all citizens, irrespective of their religion, race, sect or any other consideration.


In presenting the English translation of this publication, which in fact includes only a selection of the innumerable documents from Turkish War History archives, we hope that we may enlighten objective readers and researchers alike, and present the truth for all those who only want to avoid biased assessments.


Necati OZKANER

Director General

of Press and Information

INTRODUCTION

This book compiles documents from Turkish Military History Archives. The original facsimile copies of the documents in their Ottoman dialect together with their present day Turkish transcriptions were first published in the December 1982 (No. 81) issue of the Turkish Military History Documents Periodical. Now, the English translation of the documents is being presented for general readers and researchers alike.

 

The documents herein are concerned with the 1914-1918 period of Turco-Armenian history. The period in question, coinciding with the First World War, is the most controversial era of the history of the Ottoman Armenians. Much has been said and much published abroad about this period. But Turkish documents were very rarely referred to in these publications. Publications were based in one-sided, biased sources. and in general reflected twisted and falsified versions of what really happened. It is hoped that the collection of the documents from Turkish Military History Archives, will shed light on that controversial period of the history and will also contribute to the work of researchers.

 

For a better evaluation of the documents in their true place in history, it will be proper briefly to summarise the pre-First World War period of the history of the Ottoman Armenian minority. Until the 1877-1878 Ottoman-Russian War, there never existed any such thing as an 'Armenian Question". No international treaty, agreement or convention, ever referred to the term 'Armenian' until that date. The Armenian minority had peacefully co-existed with the Turkish majority for nearly eight hundred years.

 

As a matter of fact, the position and living conditions of the Armenians were better than those of many Turks. While Turks had compulsary military service, Armenians were exempted from this obligation, and so could devote themselves to trade, agriculture, and craftsmanship. constantly raising their level of wealth and prosperity. The Turks bore all the burden of the Ottoman Empire, while the Armenian minority only enjoyed the benefits of the Empire, and even economically exploited the Moslem Turkish majority.

 

The 1877-1878 Ottoman-Russian War, initiated a new era in the: history of the Ottoman Armenian Minority. The Treaty of San Stefano which the Russians dictated to the Ottoman capital at the end of this war, added a provision envisaging "reforms" for the Armenians. It was the first time in history that the term 'Armenian' was ever included in an international treaty. The Berlin Peace Convention of 1878 which later replaced the San Stefano Treaty, also inserted an article on "reforms" benefiting the Ottoman Armenians. This provision opened the way for interference in the internal affairs of the Ottoman Empire by foreign countries, led by Russia and Britain, on behalf of the Armenian minority. As a consequence. Anatolia became an arena for the power games of the imperialist states. In this struggle, the Ottoman Armenian minority was exploited as a tool of international interests.

 

Feeling and enjoying the support of foreign states behind them, the Ottoman Armenians began to harbour dissatisfaction with their position. and to demand an autonomous region, even an independent state in Eastern Anatolia, where they lived only as a very small minority. When these ambitions were not realised, they adopted revolutionary methods. The so-called Hunchak and the Dashnak committees founded outside Ottoman territories in 1887 and 1890, chose the Ottoman Armenians as targets for exploitation. At the provocations of these committees, bloody incidents and rebellions were initiated in Eastern Anatolia from the 1890's. Influenced by Russian Nihilists, the Hunchak militia utilised propaganda, agitation and terrorist methods, causing escalating bloodshed in Anatolian territories. This was followed by their collaboration with the Dashnak committee, waging numerous rebellions in Anatolia. Hostile feelings against the Moslem Turkish majority was constantly incited, making peaceful co-existence between the two communities more and more difficult with every passing day.

 

It was in such circumstances that the period of the First World War began. The manifesto of the Hunchak Committee openly stated that "the most favourable time for an overall rebellion of Ottoman Armenians, is the time when the Ottoman State is at war". The First World War was therefore the opportune time the Armenian committees had been seeking for a quarter of a century. On the outbreak of the War, in June 1914. Armenian committees convened a congress in Erzurum, resolving to continue the struggle against the Ottoman State.

 

For Russia, on the other hand. the First World War was also the opportunity she was awaiting to invade Eastern Anatolia. The Russians resolved to exploit and make use of Armenians against the Turks as far as was possible. Agreement was reached-between the Echmiazin Catholicate and the Russian Caucasus Governor General under which Armenians would provide unconditional support for the Russians. The Catholicate was later received by the Russian Tsar. In audience, he told the Tsar "the emancipation of the Anatolian Armenians was only possible through secession from Turkish sovereignty, the establishment of an autonomous Armenia under the protection of Russia". This was a kind of alliance between the Russians and the Armenians against Turkey.

 

The bloody struggle waged by Armenians against Turks from then on can be followed from the documents in this book. Before the Ottoman Empire entered the First World War, Armenian gangs armed and equipped in Russia, infiltrated Eastern Anatolia. This was followed by the arming of Armenians in Eastern Anatolia with Russian weapons. With the declaration of war by Russia on the Ottoman Empire, both Russian Armenians and Anatolian Armenians moved against the Turks. Russians disarmed Moslems in places they occupied in Eastern Anatolia, arming the Armenians with the weapons confiscated from Moslems, paving the way for aggressions by Armenians on a disarmed and innocent Moslem population.

 

Armenian gangs perpetrated acts of sabotage, destroyed telephone cables, blew up bridges, blocked passes, set up ambushes, attacked security stations and small Turkish outposts behind the Ottoman Army lines on the one hand, and on the other ruthlessly attacked Turkish villages, slaughtering the Turkish population indiscriminately, women, children, old and young alike. Innocent people were one by one cruelly bayoneted to death, or killed with axes and swords, or else shut up in mosques or in schools and then burnt alive.

 

Widespread Armenian revolts broke out in the regions of Van, Sivas and Maras. The Ottoman Army, while fighting to prevent the Russian invasion, also had to deal with Armenian gangs who hit from behind. The Ottoman Government issued a sharp warning to the Armenian Patriarch in Istanbul and called on him to prevent these Armenian aggressions. But to no avail. Bloody Armenian aggressions spread to all parts of Eastern Anatolia. The Ottoman authorities were compelled to take other measures. The Acting Supreme Command of the Ottoman Empire, in an instruction to the Ministry of Interior dated 2 May 1915, pointed out the need to remove the Armenian population in certain centres of constant rebellion to other places close to Russia or in other parts of the Ottoman territory. (Document No. 26 ). As an inevitable result of the war and the emergency political conditions, some of the Armenians in Anatolia were transferred from the war zone to other regions of the Ottoman Empire.

 

A detailed Regulation was drawn up on the administration of immovable assets left over by those Armenians transferred to other places. (Document No. 28). Thus, the Armenian rebellions and massacres carried out by them could be terminated.

 

Starting from late 1917, however, Armenians again committed widespread massacres in Eastern Anatolia. A Cease-fire agreement was concluded in the Ottoman-Caucasus front between Ottoman and Russian Armies upon the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. (Document No 44). Russians laid down their arms. The arena was now left to the Armenians in Eastern Anatolia. Almost every Turkish town and village from Erzincan up to Azerbaidjan suffered large scale attacks and massacres by Armenians.

 

The Ottoman Army, liberating Trabzon, Bayburt, Erzincan, Erzururn. Kars and other regions from the Russians, saw that the cities and their villages had been destroyed and burnt, people slaughtered, massacred. The massacres conducted by Armenians, which became a black stain for humanity, shocked and disgusted even the Russian authorities. (Document No. 76).

 

Almost half of the documents in this book are related to this second wave of Armenian massacres and cruelties. The inhuman treatment, cruelties, atrocities, massacres by Armenian gangs perpetrated against innocent Moslem Turkish people, are sufficiently reflected in these documents. Even today over sixty years later, the terrifying screams of the victims of these cruelties can be heard.

 

This book covers only a selection of innumerable documents in the Turkish archives on Armenian atrocities and massacres. Documents to be published in the near future will be complementary to this book. By placing these and following documents in their correct historical context, we are now able to see this important and controversial period in Turco- Armenian relations in a true and revealing perspective.

 

We are confident that objective researchers and readers will justly evaluate these documents. We hope that the book will serve for their enlightenment.

 

Bilal N. Simsir

Member of The Turkish History Society

 

DOCUMENT NO: 1

To give you an idea of what these things look like;

the above is the original for Document No. 1

3rd ARMY


Secret


Erzurum


(6 Sept. 330) 19.9.1914


No: 392 Issued/Date 14


TO ALL UNITS


According to reliable information from the Armenians in the Caucasus, the Russians have provoked Armenians living in our country, by promises that they will be granted independence in territories to be annexed from Ottoman land, and that they have brought many of their own men disguised as Turkish peasants to the Armenian villages in our country, that they have stored arms and ammunition in many places to be distributed to Armenians, and moreover, the of Russian General Loris Melikov went to the Van region for the same purpose. In this context, Armenian leaders in our country, have decided to pursue the following policy:


To preserve their loyalty in tranquility pending the declaration of war. If war is to be declared, Armenian soldiers in the Ottoman army will join the enemy with their arms. If the Ottoman Army advances to preserve loyalty and tranquility, should the Ottoman Army then retreat, to form armed guerrilla bands to fight against us.


The following measures will be taken:


1. Border units will capture everybody who wants to enter our territories without a passport and send them to the rear echelons. Anybody who attempts to import arms and ammunition will be arrested and sent back to the Army. Those who attempt to escape will be shot.


2. The demands and needs, of the local government apart from war conditions will be carried out as far as possible.


3. Those who cause panic in units and those who disobey orders to halt and escape will be executed by officers or on the order of the officers.


4. Vigilance will prevail against any eventuality, particularly, in dangerous times, in order to avoid any fear and disorder among soldiers, and movements of Armenians and other non-Moslems will be kept under strict supervision and control, though this supervision and control should not be made obvious.


5. To enlighten leading personalities of Kurdish and other Moslem communities against the ill intentions of Russians and Armenians and to convince them that safety and security; depends on opposing the Russians.


6. Armenians and non-Moslem enlisted men will not be posted to important posts in headquarters such as clerks and orderlies.


Transmitted No: 391


330 Sept.14


Ibrahim


(1914)


TO PROVINCIAL AUTHORITIES


(The information will be transmitted)


Measures which I consider appropriate follow:


1. Information will be obtained through disguised policemen and. other reliable persons about the organizations and movements of Armenians and other non-Moslems, about the locations of the movement, their presence in villages and their leadership.


2. To establish militia in order to crush any revolt without engaging the army, call for assistance, from the closest military unit if this is not sufficient.


3. To seize the arms of anybody who does not comply without organizational structure and send them to courts martial.


4. To maintain the loyalty of Kurdish and other Moslem communities who could be misled because of ignorance.


DISTRIBUTION


9th Army Corps Erzurum

11th Army Corps Van

11th Acting Army Corps Bitlis


Fortress


2nd Regular Cavalry Division Diyarbakir


1, 2, 3, 4th Reserve Cavalry Divisions Elazig


Van Independent Brigade Trabzon


13th Army Corps (To be transmitted Later)


Van Gendarmerie Command


Communications Zone Command


Trabzon Gendarmerie Regiment


Archive No.4/3671

Cabin No.163

Drawer No. 2

File No. 2918

Section No.797

Contents No. 6

DOCUMENT NO: 2

Identifications of non-Moslem cadets graduated from First Senior

Class as Third Lieutenant on 17 July 330 (1 August 1914) :

 

9th Army Corps, 12th Regiment, 1st Battalion, 2nd Company,

Third Lieutenant Baruter, son of Artin from Trabzon at Eyvasil District Trabzon 1307 (1891)

 

11th Army Corps, Third Lieutenant Antuvan, son of Fetullah, average height, grey-blue eyes, well-built, from No: 16, of Sevkulgazel District of Bagdad. Bagdad 1310 (1894)

 

9th Army Corps, 13th Regiment, 2 Battalion, 2nd Cpmpany Heavy Artillery. Third Lieutenant Zisis, average height, grey-blue eyes, well -built, son of Samus from No: 384,Kadibayir, lzmit. Kumkapi- 1308 (1892)

 

3rd Army Corps, Telegraph Company Mr. Ilia, average height, dark complexion with light brown hair and grey-blue eyes, son of Merchant Yasep[ar] Kurbanlik District of Balat Balat - 1309 (1893)

 

9th Army Corps Cavalry Third Lieutenant Ganbus, son.of Yorgo from Erdek, Eregli origin Beyoglu - 1309 (1893)

 

9th Army Corps Cavalry Third Lieutenant Kirkor, average height grey-blue eyes, well-built, son of Karabet from Yenimahalle of Erzincan. Erzincan - 1309 (1893)

 

Archive No 1/1920

Cabin No 204

Drawer No 3

File No 4608

Section No 6

Contents No 19-6

 

DOCUMENT NO:3

Ministry of Interior

General Directorate of Police

Private: 725

Subject: Retribution of Zeytun Gang

SECRET


TO THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE


Honourable Minister,


A 40-man gang equipped with prohibited firearms have robbed 21 passengers an hour's distance out of Zeytun town and have seized over 12.000 kurush of money. The incident was reported to the villages in the vicinity in an exaggerated way and 30 enlisted men from the region fled from their units in fear that their villages would also be attacked. There are indications that unless there is pressure on inhabitants of Zeytun, Moslems will retaliate. With this consideration, it has been decided to deploy the mobile brigade to. Zeytun; however, as it is evident that not much can be achieved with this unit comprising over 250 recruits, other measures were deemed necessary. In this context, in view of the request of the Maras Governor, it has been considered appropriate to dispatch the 1,160 strong Depot Battalion, stationed as reserve in the Maras region, considering that security in the region can be attained by the Gendarmerie without recourse to the above battalion.


Accordingly the General Command of the Syrian Region and the Army Corps Command were informed of the situation as indicated in the coded message of 17 .August 330 (10.11.1914) that the units taken away from Zeytun because of war requirements must be replaced. The situation is hereby submitted to your consideration, for instructions to the Army Corps for necessary measures to maintain the security of Zeytun and its region. 19.6.330 (2 September 1914)


19 August 330

On Behalf of the Minister of Interior

Under-secretary

Ali Riza

Public Order Section/190

20 August 1330 (3.9.1914)


Archive No 1/131

Cabin No 201-149

Drawer No 14-4

File No 2287

Section No 32/12

Contents No 1-10

DOCUMENT NO: 4

 


No: 440


Decoded message of 24 August 1330 (7 September 1914) from the Supreme Command-in Istanbul.


According to information from the Ambassador in Teheran, the Russians have issued arms to the Armenians in Iran and in the Caucasus. The Russian Consul in Tabriz has promised Armenians to set up an Armenian state and that the strength of Russian forces around Mako comprises 12,000 infantry, 1,200 cavalry and 124 Artillery guns.


Communications exist between Russians and Armenians in Van. The accuracy of this information is not definite. Yet Armenian soldiers must be kept under special conditions and must not be allowed to change their political allegiance.


Archive No 4/3671

Cabin No 160

Drawer No 5

File No 2818

Section No 59

Contents No 2-10

Holdwater: So as early as September 1914, communications probably were open between Russians and Ottoman-Armenians of Van, in keeping of their planned "self-defense" of the city during the following year; the one where the Armenians attacked first, and succeeded in holding the city for the Russian invaders.

DOCUMENT NO: 5

 

Office of Governor of Erzurum Correspondence Department

 

No: General 254221

Special 651

To: 3rd Army Command

 

Dear Sir,

 

Enclosed please find a copy of the report drawn up by civilian police, specially dispatched to investigate the condition of inhabitants of Bozveren village of Pasinler District and of other Armenian villages. The same has been passed on to the District Governor concerned for action. For your consideration and orders.

 

31 August 1330 (14 September 1914)

Acting Governor

Cemal

Revenue Officer

 

No: 414 / 2 September 330

No:

 

During my stay in Russia, I was told officially and unofficially that the Russian Government has been placing maximum reliance on Armenians in solving the eastern provincial problems and in minor problems in the Caucasus, and that the Russian Government aims to win the support of the Armenians so as to provoke a revolt or upheaval in Eastern Anatolia any time it chooses, and exploit this in order to interfere in our internal affairs and use this as a pretext for pressure on our Government.

 

I have further learnt recently during my stay in Petersburg that the Russians are sparing no costs in order to win the sympathy and support of Armenians and that this same feeling of support for Russia is widespread among Armenians on our territories. I am therefore considering the police reports regarding the position of Armenians in the Pasinler district very interesting, and I must indicate that a great number of Armenians in the Eastem provinces share the same feelings.

 

Info. Copy to 1st Section.

M. Muhtar

 

Archive No 4/3671

Cabin No 160

Drawer No 5

Rite No 2811

Section No 26

Contents No 24-1

 

Holdwater: The Russian government gave Ottoman-Armenians the equivalent of $13 million in today's currency by February 1915, for the initial cost of of arms and preparing the Turkish Armenians to start riots within the country during the war.

DOCUMENT NO: 6

No: 19527/1294


Decoded Message of 25 September 1330 (8 October 1914)

From Governor Cemal Azmi of Trabzon.


Copy of coded cable of 22 September 330 (5 October 1914) from

Hopa District according to information from Lazistan Province.


COPY


An 800-man band of raiders comprising Ottoman and Russian Armenians in Russia were armed by the Russian Government and left Batum the other night for the Artvin region. They are to be distributed between Artvin and Ardanuc and the number of these volunteers will be raised to 7,000, in order to disturb security in the region, upon promises from the Russian Government of independence. They will include Greeks and Armenians and they will resort to aggressions by Turkish guerillas from the Iran and Ermiye areas. Their total strength in Batum is 15.000 organized in three regiments, including No: 264 Kirgolski, No: 154 Revan and No: 66 Siberia Regiments.


Other information: the Commander of the Batum region has been replaced by a General, name yet not known. The 750 Kazaks in the Artvin and Ardanuc regions were sent to the German border and they were replaced by infantrymen from Batum. The number of Russian soldiers in Lirnan village near Kopmis was raised from 50 to 150 and they were supplied with 35 more crates of ammunition. The total 1.000.000 strength of Russian forces on the Ottoman and Iran borders has been reduced to 600.000, after deploying 400.000 to the German and Austrian fronts.


2nd Section

Document No: 1964-26/27

9 October 1914

To Section 1 for Information


Major

(Signature)


Information Received

11 October 1914

1st Section

Mehmet Tahir


Archive No 4/3671

Cabin No 160

Drawer No 5

File No 2818

Section No 59

Contents No 2-23, 2-24

DOCUMENT NO: 7

 

TO: Command - in - Chief

 

28.7.330(1.10.1914)

 

According to information received, the Russians have established guerillas by arming Russian and Turkish Armenians in the Caucasus and Greeks, and anticipate expanding these guerilla organizations by sending them into Turkish land. These reports, are gradually being confirmed, and realised, and Armenian deserters from military units are increasing.

 

I had submitted the required measures in my letter No: 347 of10/11 September 1330 (23/24 September 1914). Further measures are required for families of deserters and traitors, to include punishment for villages which shelter and protect the gangs and the dispersing of such villages. These measures should be announced so that everybody will know about them. A definite and general decision is absolutely vital.

 

Signature

 

Archive No 4/3671

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Contents No 15-1

 

DOCUMENT NO: 8

No : 389

Hour : 8

12/13.8.330 (24/25.10.1914)


Decoded message by Abdurrahman Bey, Commander of the Reserve Cavalry Division at Karakilise of 11/12 October 330 (24/25 October 1914)


1. The strength of Russian forces in Mako is 2,500 cavalry, 700 infantry, about three batteries of artillery and around 100 transport carts.


2. Surin and Hacik, two Armenians from Bayezit who crossed over from Russia, have each recruited 2,000 men armed and equipped by Russians. They anticipate proceeding to Muson via Abbas lake and to Bayezit or Iran via Haraba-macar and Mount Ararat, each with their two thousand men. Special observers have been dispatched to investigate the matter and necessary measures have been taken.


First Region:


3. Over 8,000 Armenians, mostly of Ottoman Armenians and army deserters, gathered around Kagizman, forming some kind of organized guerilla bands, being armed by the government and supplied with food by the local people, mostly collected from villages at nights.


4. Among their known leaders are Kosti from Karakilise, Armais from Nefsi Eleskirt and Apik from Hacli village of Eleskirt.


5. Ten more "Plaston" companies arrived in Kagizman during the last four days and the forces in Kagizman are estimated at around 15,000.


6. This information is supplied by a reliable Moslem friend of Ottomans from the people of Kagizman, the Second Regional Command reported.


Not clear

2nd Section 12 October 1914


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File No 2818

Section No 59

Contents No 2-43,2-44


Document 2784

Date 12-13

Holdwater: A small army — thousands! — of rebellious Armenians had already formed in eastern Anatolia, one month before the war had begun. Note they could not have gotten far, if not for the support of local Ottoman-Armenians. This is the kind of report that led Ottoman officials to relocate the Armenian community, although it took them over a half year to do so. Other nations would have booted them elsewhere well before they had proven their disloyalty, as with the Americans and Canadians vs. their WWII Japanese, and with the Russians and the British, vs. their WWI Germans and German men, respectively.

DOCUMENT NO: 9

 

Cable No: 4073


Very important and top priority and urgency


Decoded Message by Mobile Division Commander at Saray

Kazim (Ozalp) of 16 November 330 (29.11.1914)


To: 3rd Army Command


Today the enemy attacked Deyr. The enemy is equipped with artillery and machine guns. As our defending force in is very small, I think we will have to withdraw [in?] the direction of Hosab (Guzelsu)


From the confessions of two arrested spies, it is understood that rebellion is expected in Van and in the province at any time now. I shall proceed in the direction of Guzelsu, with part of the units in Saray. A difficult position will arise however, if rebellion starts in the province. Please be advised that the units built up in Revandiz did not yet deploy.


2nd Section, 16 (29) November 1914


Archive No 4-3671

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File No 2818

Section No 59

Contents No 41


Holdwater: The New York Times was already reporting disturbances in Van, as soon as war was declared by Russia.

DOCUMENT NO: 10

 

No:950

 

Decoding of Cable message of 21/22 November. 330 4/5-12.1914.

by Van Mobile, Gendarmerie Division Commander Kazim at Hosab:

 

An enemy force comprising 4,000 infantry, ,1.000 cavalry, two field and two mountain artillery guns is in the vicinity of Saray. Reconnaisance units today arrived at Molla Hasan village between Muslihan and Saray and Ercek. A 500-strong enemy unit supported by two mountain artillery guns from its forces in Dir occupied Baskale. The remaining part of the units remained in the vicinity of Dir. Tribe leaders went south without any resistance against Russians. We are now around Akgol, north of Hasob with a 2,000 strong force which was deployed from Hosab yesterday. Other units are still at their positions from yesterday.

 

The enemy is seizing the weapons from local people in places which it has occupied, using these weapons, to arm Armenians and form units. There are some Iranian tribes among enemy units. As we were forced to disarm Armenian enlisted men, due to our losses and deserters, our forces are limited. The units which moved from Ravandiz have not yet joined our forces at Somay. Their two mountain guns were returned to Ravandiz, according to information from Musul.

 

2nd Section, 22 November 330 (5.12.1914)

 

Archive No 4-3671

Cabin No 160

Drawer No 5

File No 2818

Section No 59

Contents No 2-55

Holdwater: The Ottomans, short of manpower, were counting on their Armenian soldiers; this is why Armenian men were drafted and trained, and some had graduated from military schools, as you have already read in Document No. 2, above.  Armenian propaganda tells us these Armenian soldiers were disarmed because a "genocide" was underway. Isn't that the most ridiculous and illogical contention? As we can see from this internal report, they were being disarmed because of their treachery.

DOCUMENT NO: 11

Decoding of Message of 7/8 December 33 (7/8 December 1917)

from Mr Tahsin, Governor of Erzurum.


To the Acting Supreme Commander Enver Pasha


There are indications of rebellion among Armenians of Karcikan and Gevas Districts of Van. Telegraphic cables were destroyed, a corporal was assassinated, the district governor and his retinue were obliged to use arms, many army deserters were captured.


Gendarmerie and militia were sent from Bitlis, clashes started. More forces are needed as the arms of the militia are not sufficient. I have received cables from Van and from Bitlis on this matter. I have just been in contact by cable with Mr. Talat. While they indicated that this information should be submitted to your highest consideration, they also deemed it appropriate to solve the problem by meetings with Mr. Cevdet and with Mr. Mustafa. Would you approve the deployment of the unit of Halil Bey which is the furthest advanced, through Bitlis? Or should we send two mobile gendarmerie units from here? Wounded Esat Bey recovered. Shall we dispatch him immediately to Gevas with sufficient militia and tribal forces?


Awaiting your orders.


Archive No 1/1

Cabin No 9-101

Drawer No 23-1

File No 4

Section No 23-A

Contents No 5

DOCUMENT NO: 12

Ministry of Defence

Department of Correspondence

Coding Section

 

Coded Message from Elazig to the Ministry of Defence

 

A group of 40-50 Armenian army deserters with arms at Sironik village 2.5 hours from Mus, attacked the Gendarmerie Cavalrymen and police who went to the village to capture them. The clash lasted for two hours. A 200-strong detachment led by Ismail Efendi and, the Gendarmerie Commander was dispatched to the scene. Nine of those who resisted were killed. The detachment is still in the village. This is submitted from the Acting Commander of Mus division.

 

8 February 330 (21 February 1915)

 

Acting Commander 11th Army Corps

Hakki

 

Copy submitted to Headquarters

 

Same as the former Bitlis incident. Let us keep the same in a separate envelope (file). 9 February 330 (22 February 1915)

 

Archive No 1/131.

Cabin No 101/149

Drawer No 14-4

File No 2287

Section No 32/12

contents No 6-4

 

Holdwater: Contemporary Armenian historians such as Hacobian justified Armenian desertions, for one, by reminding us there were Turkish deserters as well. Yes, but there was a crucial difference (aside from the fact that Turks who deserted did so mainly as the war dragged on), as this internal report reminds us: Turks did not desert in order to join their nation's enemies, and to bear arms against their nation.

DOCUMENT NO: 13

Ministry of Defence

Department of Correspondence

Coding Section


From Elazig to the Ministry of Defence


(Coded)


Gendarmerie Second Lieutenant Ahmet and four Gendarmerie enlisted men on orders to search the Arak Monastery in Mus Province on the thirtieth of the current month came under fire from deserters and were killed. Follow-up operation continues and the result will be notified subsequently.


15 February 330 (28 February 1915)


Acting Commander 11 th Army Corps

Hakki


Public Order Section 16.12.330 (29.2.1915)

Copy to Headquarters


Archive No 1/131

Cabin No 101/149

Drawer No 14-4

File No 2287

Section No 31/12

Contents No 6-9

DOCUMENT NO: 14

 

Third Army Command

1st Branch

1st Section

Hasankale

26/27.2.330 (11.3.1915)


Province of Bitlis

(Coded)


Reply code 25.2.330 (10.3.1915)


Just as the people are obliged to obey the Government, the Government is also obliged to be just and to protect the people. What falls on the army is to preserve public order within the scope of these principles. If the investigation of the Province proved that Incan Directorate is innocent, there is no need to file the report.


1st Lieutenant

M. Habib

Background file


Archive No 4/3671

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Contents No 2-39

DOCUMENT NO: 15

 

"List of male inhabitants of Mergehu Village murdered or annihilated with the utmost savagery by local Armenians who joined Armenian gangs strengthening the Russian Forces:

 

Names Method of Annihilation

 

---------------------------

 

Haci Ibrahim, son of Abdi Bullets and bayonet

Abdi, son of Haci Ibrahim Bullets and bayonet

Reso, son of Abdi Beaten and cut into pieces

Sado, son of Omer Beaten and cut into pieces

Aso, son of Reso Beaten and cut into pieces

Kulu, son of Canko Stabbed in the eye with a bayonet

Musa, son of Canko Bayonet in his eye

Emin, son of Molla Hamit Bayonet in his eye

Molla Abdullah, son of Hamit Bayonet in his eye

Ibo, son of Haci Bayonet in his eye

Sado, son of Haci Bayonet in his eye

Abdullah, son of Canko Slaughtered

Ibo, son of Ahmet Abdomen ripped open

Ismail, son of Ibo Burnt in fire

Musto, son of Ozu Bullets

Mahmut, son of Seyyo Slaughtered

Kocak, son of Birro Bullets

Musto, son of Husnu Bullets

Uso, son of Alo Bullets

Maksut, son of Peri Bullets

Haci, son of Peri Bullets

Mehmet, son of Hasanali Bayonet

Ibo, son of Hasanali Bayonet

Abdo, son of Mehmed Bayonet

Molla Suleyman Burnt in oven

Mazgi, son of Abdullah Stabbed in abdomen by bayonet

Sulis, son of Hasan Bullets

Mahmo, son of Mehmet Stabbed with a dagger

Murat, son of Hasan Stabbed with a dagger

Uso, son of Avci Blinded with a bayonet

Lesko, son of Mehmet Stabbed with a dagger

Abdullah, son of Kasim Bullets

Coban Abdullah Bullets

Seymo, son of Mumin Bullets

Muammer, son of Reso Bullets

Paso, son of Merzi Bullets

Gulu, son of Bitor Bullets

Murat, son of Yusuf Bullets and bayonet

Cedo, son of Haci Ibrahim Bullets and bayonet

Faki Mehmet Bullets and bayonet

Silo, son of Abdulcebbar Bullets and bayonet

 

List of massacred females from the same village:

 

Kasi, daughter of Huso and wife of Haci Ibrahim Bullets

Fati, daughter of Isa, wife of Aduz Bullets

Zeresan, daughter of Amat, wife of Reso Bayonet

Gullu, daughter of Iyso Cutting off her breasts

Sulnu, daughter of Sulo, Ripping open her abdomen and burning

wife of Ibo her baby in oven

Fatma, daughter of Ibo Slaughtered and burnt in oven

Fidan hatun Burnt in oven

Gulfizar, daughter of Hacihan, wife of Musto Slaughtered

Rahime, daughter of Mehmet, wife of Halil Bullets

Binefs, daughter of Haci Kerim, wife of Suleyman Burnt in oven

Mahiye, daughter of Ali, wife of Sivno Slaughtered

Hati, daughter of Haci, wife of Ahmet Slaughtered

Hacer, daughter of Meho Bullet and bayonet

 

List of Females of the same village raped and murdered:

 

Nadire, daughter of Haci, wife of Suvis

Hani, daughter of Kulu, wife of Zerko

Zaliha, daughter of Telli, wife of Silo

Arap, daughter of Sami, wife of Hilo

 

Wounded males and females of the same village:

 

Beki, daughter of Hamit, wife of Arno Bullet wound

Hassan, son of Haci Bullet wound

Zeyni, daughter of Abbasa, wife of Canko Bullet wound

Alo, son of Hasan Bayonet wounds in arms and in abdomen

Ebu, daughter of Fatih (virgin) Bullet wound

 

List of massacred males and females at Istuci village:

 

Mikail, son of Alo Bullets

Musto, son of Ismail Bullets

Dervis, son of Maksut Bullets

Ali, son of Nimet Bayonet

Esat, son of Kelo Bayonet and bullets

Isa, son of Nebi Bayonet and bullets

Cevher, son of Gani Beaten by rifle butt

Ziro, daughter of Hasan Died from injuries

Hazal, daughter of Ali, wife of Acem Died from injuries

Hamsa, daughter of Huseyin, wife of Huseyin Died from injuries

 

List of raped women at Istuci village in life:

 

Sabo, daughter of Maho Virgin

Miri, other daughter of Maho Virgin

Emine, daughter of Meho, wife of Sofi Salih

Sahap, daughter of Ali, wife of Nevruz

Gullu, daughter of Mahi Virgin

 

List of persons attacked by Armenian gangs:

 

19 Feb 330 (4 March 1915)

Copied from Original Investigation Book

 

District Governor

Kemal

 

Archive No 1/2

Cabin No 113

Drawer No 3

File No 520

Section No 2024

Contents No 11, 11-1, 11-2, 11-3

 

2nd List

 

List of persons attacked by Armenian gangs:

 

Names Kinds of cruelty

 

Molla Mehmet Efendi, Brother of Professor Molla Yusuf

 

Subject to ill-treatment only because he dealt in Islamic science. Minor maltreatment. Taken away. His whereabouts unknown.

 

Haci Molla Sait at Kavlik

 

Forced to slaughter his own daughter. His body dismembered when he rejected their orders.

FACE OF A CRIMINAL

Antranik: The Armenian "hero" raped an innocent

Hanim Hatun before very

likely getting her killed.

Second Lieutenand Isa at Heretil, his friends Omer, Ali, Mehmet (Shot dead.)

Ahmo, maid of Cindi Aga at Serefhane (Burned in oven together with her baby.)

Fato, wife of Misinha at Yaman Bordo (Slaughtered together with three children.)

Ayse, wife of Mehmet Abdi at Bilecik. (Killed after her arms cut off.)

Hanim Hatun, daughter of Meho at Bilecik (Raped by gang leader named Antranik then taken away.)

Merchant Mehmet Efendi, brother of Regiment Clerk Mustafa Efendi in Erzurum. (Robbed of 200 Liras. Murdered by bayonet.)

 

Mosques of Saray and Esedcu turned into stables. Many religious students forced to become Christians. Following the liberation they all reverted to their faith of Islam.

 

Nezo Hatun at Perkal

Went mad after watching the murder of the parents of her grandchildren who. refused to eat the baked flesh of their children at gunpoint

 

(Certified true copy based on actual investigation.)

2 March 331 (15 March 1915)

District Governor of Mahmudin

Kemal

 

Archive No 1/2

Cabin No 113

Drawer No 3

File No 520

Section No 2024

Contents No 11, 11-1, 11-2, 11-3

 

Holdwater: as a personal note, the only indication of "Documents" put up on the Internet by the apathetic Turks, to my knowledge, was this section; the one responsible was the infamous "Serdar Argic," in a long-forgotten Google newsgroup ("soc.culture.turkish," countering that tireless "professional patriot," David Davidian. This was all the way back in April, 1993.) Serdar Argic appeared to be a one-man army in those days, and it was thanks to his contribution that the contents of this document already had made it to TAT.

DOCUMENT NO: 16

Coded Message No: 885 of 5.1.31 (18 March 1915) from General Bronzar on behalf of the Acting Supreme Commander:


A small gendarmerie detachment was attacked by a 30-strong Armenian gang between Maras and Zeytun and six gendarmes were killed, while recruits going to Zeytun escorted by two gendarmerie guards were shut up in a church by the people of Zeytun. Reasons for severe punishment of the perpetrators are omitted. All units are instructed by this circular for sufficient strength of such units which will conduct settlements with Armenian inhabitants.


5 March 331 (18 March 1915)

Signature


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Contents No 1-12

DOCUMENT NO: 17

Branch : 1

Section : 2

Hasankale

6 March 31 (19 March 1915)

 

TO: MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

 

Code-Cable

According to the cable of 3/4 March 331 (16/17.3.1915) from the Gendarmerie Division Command in Van, Armenians at the Sitak district of Van Province attacked the Gendarmerie and the Gendarmerie posts and have destroyed telegraph cables.

 

Punishment units were dispatched to the region and the detachment proceeding toward Sitak was confronted with Armenian gangs and clashes started. The matter is being investigated in Van province and further results will be submitted. .

 

Provincial Authority of Van

 

Code-Cable

 

According to the coded cable of 3/4 March 331 (16/17.3.1915) of Gendarmerie Command in Van Armenians in Sitak district attacked Gendarmerie posts and clashes started between the detachment sent for the case and Armenians. No information has yet been received from your provincial authority. Report the incident in detail and henceforth report such cases directly immediately.

 

Signature

 

Archive No 4/3671

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Drawer No 5

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Section No 9

Contents No 1-15

 

DOCUMENT NO: 18

Draft paper of the Third Ottoman Army

Hasankale

(11 March 31) 24 March 1915


To the office of the Acting-Supreme Commander

Coded


1. A Gendarmerie soldier and a tax collector counting sheep at the lrmiye Village of Timar District, four hours' walking distance from Van, came under gunfire on 17 March 1915 and a gendarmerie detachment sent from the province overcame the bandits.


2. It was reported from the Province, of Van yesterday that Armenians attacked several Islamic villages belonging to the. afore-mentioned district on 22 March 1915; that the inhabitants of the villages initially resisted the bandits; the rebels could not hold out against the militia and Gendarmerie detachments who came to help the villagers; that the rebels, numbering 1,000 people, retreated from hill to hill; that this number was exaggerated; and that the bandits were armed with Russian rifles, small and large calibre rifles, and automatic guns.


3 .The Province of Bitlis demanded the strengthening of the Gendarmerie forces on 21 March,1915 claiming that it was impossible to maintain the security of the province and .protect the big depots near Bitlis, where Armenians were settled in great numbers.


4. In view of the danger that these incidents would turn into a general revolt, the Command of the Van Mobile Gendarmerie Division wrote that measures should be taken to maintain peace under the condition that the honour of the Government is protected and not to assign the task of ensuring domestic security to the Division combat forces before the arrival of the First Mobilization Forces and this was agreed by Governor Cevdet, who was at Divisional Headquarters.


5. Despite this, it was ordered that three battalions would be formed from the Depot Conscripts of the 11th Army Corps, currently receiving military training; that they would be under the command of the provinces of Van, Bitlis, and Elazig, as well as the completion of the Gendarmerie units constituting the training council at the end of the training period and the formation of five separate battalions; of Erzurum, Bitlis and Elazig, Diyarbakir, and Van.


Signature

Commander of the Third Army


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Contents No 1-27

DOCUMENT NO: 19

 

Office of the Acting Supreme Commander of the Ottoman Army


No: 3108


The coded message coming from Jerusalem to the Office of the Acting Supreme Commander


Answer: The code dated 8 April 1915 and numbered 5443/194:


1. The Patriarch's account of the events does not truly reflect the facts.


2. The bandits staged an armed attack against a Gendarmerie detachment carrying ammunition to Zeytun.


3. From the beginning of the incident, my work was intended to prevent even the slightest harm to the native population and the prohibition of even the most minor attacks against the bandits by the Muslim population. This aim has been completely achieved. The Patriarch cannot disprove this achievement.


4. In reality, it is possible not to persecute those who unconditionally surrender themselves and their weapons provided that they neither took part in any attacks nor instigated revolt. However, I definitely think that it would not be correct to announce such a promise for the time being. Both some of the residents of Zeytun and Maras whose stay in this area may be dangerous and some of those who surrender, must be moved to Konya. Otherwise, I would have to maintain a considerable force in the area for merely security reasons even in the case of an enemy concentration.


5. It is definitely not proper for the Patriarch to engage in the Zeytun incident, even at an advisory level. 10 April 1915


Arrival: 11 April 1915 (27 March 331)


Commander of the Fourth Army

Cemal


Archive No 1/131

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File No 2287

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Contents No 1-37

DOCUMENT NO: 20

 

Office of the Acting Supreme Commander of the Ottaman Army

Branch: 1

 

Private

(26 March 331) 7.4.1915

 

To His Highness, the Armenian Patriarch

 

Dear Sir,

The Patriarch Zaven: His information

did not conform to the facts.

What a surprise.

Your detailed explanations and the information you gave to us do not conform with the existing documents. Nevertheless, the commanders have been ordered to make investigations into the incidents that you described. I declare here once again that the Government's policy, as indicated in previous correspondence, is to treat the people kindly and with absolute justice.

 

I wholeheartedly trust and attach the utmost value to the friendship and loyalty of the protected Armenian nation to the Ottoman country. I have not changed my mind about this for I have always maintained an unswerving and unreserved confidence. However, I am sure you would also accept as an able person promoted to one of the highest echelons of our country, that unfortunately there are some stupid people being misled by foreigners. It is obvious that these people are resorting to brute force for the realization of their dreams. It is most unfortunate that the Government is sometimes compelled to take harsh measures to discipline them with the sole objective of protecting Ottoman land. I am unable to describe the pain we feel when such a compulsion become unavoidable.

 

It is a fact that unrest can be quelled without assuming grave dimensions, if the leading figures of the nation heed our advice, deplore foreign provocateurs and make efforts for the Government investigations to deal only with such persons.

 

The services and activities of Your Highness are of great value for consolidating friendship and unity among the citizens and showing them the right path to follow as well as helping them to come to their senses. I present my best regards to Your Highness with the firm, belief that the afore-mentioned services will be carried out. Thank you.

 

Archive No 1/1

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Drawer No

File No 13

Section No 63

Contents No 4-2, 4-3

 

DOCUMENT N0: 21

The coded message received from the Mobile Gendarmerie

Command of Van on 16/17 April 1915 (3/4 April 331)


Armenians from the Sitak District of Van attacked the Gendarmerie troops and stations and cut the telegraph lines.


Detachments have been sent out in requisite directions: The detachment proceeding in the direction of Sitak District has confronted the Armenian bands and engaged in fighting. Presented.


The code is kept at the First Section.


Archive No 4--3671

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Contents No 1-16

DOCUMENT NO: 22

Third Army Command

Very urgent

No: Tel-168

 

The coded message (7 April 331) 20 April 1915, received from

Mr. Cevdet, the Governor of Van

 

1. The rebels opened fire on the security stations and houses in the vicinity of the Armenian quarters of the city. Fire was returned and the area defended.

 

2. As a result of clashes between the bandits near the village of Atalan, considerable number of rebels were killed by last night and Atalan and Peltensi villages as well as the Akkilise Monastery, fortified as a stronghold, were burned down and destroyed.

 

3. Gevas telegraph line. has been repaired and communication resumed.

 

4. Today, Baskale-HavaSor-Mirmurtal-Resat telegraph line was cut. Repair of this line is under way.

 

Archive No 4/3671

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Drawer No 5

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Section No 628

Contents No 3-4

 

DOCUMENT NO: 23

Fourth Army Command

No: , Tel-181

7 April 331


The coded message 20 April 1915, received from

Mr. Cevdet, the Governor of Van


Very urgent.


1. The unrest beginning at dawn spread and reached critical dimensions. Neighbouring provinces are being informed of the situation every day. I have ordered Mr. Tahsin to regularly provide information to Your Highness.


2. Clashes in Sitak are going on. We have casualties because the Gendarmerie forces and our officials come under fire in districts and villages without warning. Officials have been sent from all areas. We expect to save the security stations and Gendarmerie detachment very shortly.


3. About 400 anarchists from six Armenian villages who ambushed our gendarmerie detachments in the districts of Havasor and Ercek have been killed. The detachments are in action. The rebels wanted to stage an attack inside the city today. Yesterday's observations revealed that there are many armed rebels in the city.


4. I ask for the delivery of a rapid-firing battery along with Gendarmerie battalion to be sent from Erzincan, if this is possible. Since the revolt must be suppressed as quickly as possible, in line with the order received, there is great need for artillery units.


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Contents No 3-6

DOCUMENT NO: 24

 

To the Office of the Supreme Commander

of the Ottoman Army


Section No: 3807


From Kars to the Chief of Staff of the

Office of the Supreme Commander


1. All is quiet on the front of the 9th Army.


2- Armenians surrounded the Islamic village of Hosrov in Armenia, 13 kilometers away from the border on the night of 20/21 October 1918, fought until the night of 21 October 1918, massacred the Muslim population, and pillaged the houses.


3. An Armenian detachment, consisting of about 40 infantry and 3 cavalry, who departed from the village of Abdikoy at the front of the 36th Division opening fire on them and whose motives could not be determined, was overcome by return of the fire.


4. This report numbered 912 was delivered to the telegraph office at 21.00 hours on 23 October 1918 (1334) for submission to the Chief of Staff of the Office of the Supreme Commander and to the 6th Army Command. 23 October 1918. (23 Oct. 34)


Commander of the 9th Army

Sevki


Submitted to the Second Section

Date 24


Ordered by the Chief of the First Section

Signature


Archive No 1/2

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Section No 2056

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DOCUMENT NO: 25

Office of the Acting Supreme Commander of the Ottoman Army

 

Istanbul

26 April 1915 (13 April 1331)

 

First Section

No:

Top Secret

 

To the Office of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of National Defence

Enver Pasha: would the

arrest of treacherous

ringleaders constitute

a "genocide" in any

other country?

Since the Government has decided that the branches of Hinchak, Dashnak and similar committees both in the capital and provinces will be closed down immediately; that the documents and papers at these branches will be confiscated without being destroyed; that the presidents of these committees, their leaders, active members known by the Government as well as influential and malicious Armenians will be arrested immediately; that those whose stay in their places of residence is regarded harmful will be made to stay in more suitable places and measures taken to prevent their escape; that searches for weapons will be conducted in suspicious places; that the suspect will be brought before courts martial; cooperation with administrative officials and civil servants as well as immediate response to their calls for help are hereby demanded as a priority.

 

Acting Supreme Commander

Enver

 

This order has been conveyed to the:

 

First Army Command

Second Army Command

Third Army Command

Fourth Army Command

Fifth Army Command

Deputy Command of Iraq and Environs

Fourth Army Corps Command

Bosphorus Command

Dardanelles Command

Headquarters in Istanbul

Deputy 12th Army Corps Command in Mousoul

Office of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of National Defence

Army Department

Defence Department

Directorate of Judiciary

Security

Security Section

13 April 31 (26 April 1915)

 

To be preserved

16 April 31 (29 April 1915)

 

Archive No 1/131

Cabin No 101/149

Drawer No 14-4

File No 2287

Section No 32-12

Contents No 12-1

 

DOCUMENT NO: 26

19 April 1331 (2 May 1915)


Office of The Supreme Commander of the Ottoman Army


First Section

No: 2049 m


To the Ministry of Interior

Top Secret


The Armenians living around Lake Van and particularly at certain places in the Province of Van are continually trying to stage a revolt. I am of the opinion that this place of unrest should be cleaned by removing these people from this region.


According to the information received from the Third Army, the Russians drove the Muslim population who were in wretched condition into our territories away from the border. Both to achieve the goal indicated above and to retaliate to the Russian move.


It is necessary either to drive these Armenians into Russian territories or to disperse the Armenians and their families throughout various places in Anatolia. I ask the selection of the appropriate proposition and its practice. If you deem it appropriate, I prefer to drive the families of the rebels and the headquarters of the revolt away from the borderline and to resettle the Muslim population from abroad in the places of Armenians.


Ismet


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Drawer No 1

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Contents No 2-1, 2-2


Holdwater: This is the decisive May 2 telegram that served as the first indication of the resettlement decision, or as propagandists will tell us, the "genocide." The writer is supposed to be Ismail Enver Pasha, and I'm not sure what's going on with that "Ismet" signature.

DOCUMENT N0: 27

 

The Coded message No: 3166 from Acting Supreme Commander Enver on 21 May 1915 (8 May 331)


It has been reported that the outlaw leader Antranik and his 1,200 volunteers departed from Selmas and joined a Russian division commanded by the Russian Commander of of Azerbaijan, Chernoroyod, and that this band later proceeded in the direction of Baskale; and that the Dashnaks have raised 4,700 rubles in Boston, United States, for the volunteers and sent this sum to the Armenian Assistance Association of Caucasia.


Second Section / Date 22

To be written when contact is made with

Mr. Cevdet and the First Mobile Force


Date 22 Sait


Archive No 4/3671

Cabin No 161

Drawer No 1

File No 2820

Section No A (69)

Contents No 4


Holdwater: 4,700 rubles would be a huge fortune in today's currency. Antranik's volunteer force fluctuated in numbers, of course; a later document (see Doc. 40 below) would claim 2,000. At times, Soghoman Tehlirian, the assassin of Talat Pasha, would be among the fighters.

DOCUMENT NO: 28

 

The Regulations Concerning the Management of the Land and Properties Belonging to Armenians who Have Been Sent Elsewhere As a Result of the State of War and the Extraordinary Political Situation.

 

Article 1 - the management of the land and properties belonging to Armenians who had been moved elsewhere, will be carried out in compliance with these regulations by specially formed commissions and assigned officials whose .authorities are indicated in the following articles:

 

Article 2 - Following the evacuation of a village or district, all buildings with furniture and other objects belonging to the Armenians who have been sent elsewhere will immediately be sealed by the special council or a civil servant appointed by the administrative commission, and taken under protection.

 

Article 3 - The type, amount, value, and the name of the owners of the goods taken under protection will be registered in a detailed way. Later on, these goods will be sent to convenient storage places such as churches, schools, and, houses. Care will be taken to catalogue the goods under the names of their owners. Furthermore, the type and amount of goods, the name of their owners, where they are found and protected will be included in registration records, the original copy of which will be preserved at the local government and a ratified copy at the Commission for Abandoned Properties.

 

Article 4 - The movables whose owners are unknown, will be registered in the name of the villages where they are found and they will be preserved in the name of the village.

 

Article 5 - Of movable goods, the ones that can become spoiled and the animals will be sold at an auction by a council to be appointed by the Commission. The money received as a result of the sale will be preserved in the name of the owner. If the name of the owner is not known, the money will be delivered to the financial office for preservation at the village or district trust where the sold property belongs. A document showing the type, amount, value and the owner's name of the auctioned goods will be prepared and registered in a special book, and the bottom of the document will be ratified by the council conducting the auction. Furthermore, an explanatory record will be arranged, the original copy of which will be preserved at the local government and a ratified copy at the Commission for Abandoned Properties.

 

Article 6 -- Care will be taken to preserve the goods, pictures and holy books found at the churches in their original places after they are registered and listed. Later on, the local governments will send these belongings to the places where the population is resettled.

 

Article 7 - The type, quantity or number and value of goods and land deserted by the population will be registered in a book and the lists of abandoned properties and land will be drawn up for every village and district and they will be delivered to the administrative c commission.

 

Article 8- In the case of a crop to be harvested from an abandoned field, it will be sold at an auction by a council consisting of members appointed by the commission. The money received as a result of the sale will be preserved at the financial office in the name of the previous owner. A record will be prepared and its original copy will be preserved at the local government and a ratified copy given to the administrative commission.

 

Article 9 - If no one wishes to buy the crop, it can be sold to anyone by underbidding provided that the payment is made immediately; The money received from such sales or lease will be delivered to the financial office in the name of the original owner.

 

Article 10 -Representation documents for using the movable and immovable properties of the population who had been moved elsewhere are not valid if they are drawn up after the departure of the original owner.

 

Article 11 -Migrants will be resettled tn evacuated villages and the existing houses and the land will be distributed to the migrants through temporary documents by taking into consideration the capacity of work and demands of the migrant families.

 

Article 12-The places of origin, settlement date, and resettlement places of the migrants will be registered in detail on the basis of their birth registers and by the houses they move into. Furthermore, the houses as well as the type, .amount, and value, of the land given to them will separately be registered and/the migrants will be given a document showing the quantity of land and property given to them.

 

Article 13 -Since the migrants resettled in villages are responsible for protecting and preserving the houses and the fruit trees in the case of damage, the villagers will collectively pay for the loss no matter who is responsible. Those who repeat damaging things will be moved away from the village and. their rights as a migrant will cease to exist.

 

Article 14 -Following the resettlement of the migrants, the nomads will be resettled in the remaining villages in the region and the procedures related to the resettlement of the nomads will be similar to those applied for the migrants.

 

Article 15-Care will be taken to resettle the migrants from urban areas to the evacuated houses in the towns and districts and they will be given enough land in line with their financial and economic situation in the past as well as their productive power.

 

Article 16 - Income providing buildings such as shops, inns, factories, and depots as well as the ones which are not suitable for the resettlement of the migrants and the ones remaining vacant following the resettlement of all the migrants and the properties and land falling outside the scope of activities and expertise of the migrants as laid down in Article 18 may be offered for sale by the administrative commission or councils consisting of local administrative and financial officials under the supervision of the commission.

 

Article 17 -A book showing the type, quantity and value of the land distributed to the migrants as well as their names will be kept as a basis for identity registration.

 

Article 18 -Vineyards, orchards, olive groves and similar places in towns and villages may be distributed to those migrants in line with their needs and success. However, they must prove that they have the necessary experience, knowledge and energy and they must make immediate payments for these places. After the quantity of land and property distributed as well as the names of the new owners are registered in a special book, the migrants enjoying this right will be given a document explaining the situation. The land which is not distributed to the migrants will be sold by public auction as indicated in Article 16.

 

Article 19-With the exception of the migrants sent from other provinces with a special warrant upon orders from the Ministry of Interior or with the permission and approval of local governments in the provinces, those who arrive in evacuated villages and districts as migrants and demand resettlement by submitting petitions, must produce official documents proving that they are migrants, that they have not been sent to any other place or resettled elsewhere, or that they had to migrate and were sent to these places by a special order.

 

Article 20 - The land property that no-one wants to buy, may be leased for a maximum period of two years provided that the tenant assumes responsibility for the protection and maintenance and compensation of any sort of damages and pays a pledge.

 

Article21 -Detailed lists will be prepared in order to show the type, quantity, place, rent, and the names of the tenants or new owners, of both the sold or leased property and land by underbidding.

 

Article 22 -The sum received as a result of the sale will be trusted to the financial offices in the name of the original owners and it will be paid to the owner according to the information to be given later.

 

Article 23 - The Administrative Commissions for Abandoned Properties are responsible for the conduct of the administration of all the abandoned properties in evacuated villages and districts in line with the articles of this regulations.

 

Article 24 - Regarding the administration of the abandoned properties, administrative commissions will be directly dependent on the Ministry of Interior and they must act within the confines of the orders issued by the Ministry of Interior. The commissions must also inform the local governments about their decisions and practices.

 

Article 25-The applicable decrees of the regulations are subject to permission from the Ministry of Interior regarding the formation of the councils and commissions which would administer and protect the abandoned properties. It is up to the administrative commissions for abandoned properties to appoint civil servants on salary with permission from the Ministry of Interior and to issue directives within the framework of these regulations. Copies of the directives thus issued will be given to the provincial governments.

 

Article 26 - Even though the commissions and officers for migrants are assigned the task of sending migrants for resettlement in evacuated places, speeding up and arranging the process of resettlement at such places, supervising the resettlement activities in general, as well as making decisions in agreement with local governments and implementing them are among the tasks of and they fall within the scope of the authorities of the commissions for abandoned properties.

 

Article 27 -The commission is obliged to briefly inform the ministry and the provincial government about its researches, final views, and activities every 15 days.

 

Article 28-The administration of the properties by the administrative commissions for abandoned properties will be conducted within the framework of the decrees of these regulations and the local civil servants will be responsible for correspondence.

 

Article 29 -The members of the administrative commissions for abandoned properties are collectively responsible for the administration and protection of such properties and land in the region as well as for the financial procedures.

 

Article 30 -The administrative commissions for abandoned properties consist of a specially assigned chairman and two members, one from the financial and the other from the administrative offices.

 

Article 31 -Communications and correspondence are conducted by the chairman himself or by in the name of the chairman a member elected by the chairman.

 

Article 32 - If he deems it necessary, the chairman of the commission for abandoned properties can assign one of the members to search for, supervise, or conduct anything included in these regulations.

 

Article 33 -The chairman of the commission of abandoned properties receives one and a half liras and members one lira each per day from the allocation for the migrants. They can also receive provision for journey when traveling in the line of duty.

 

Article 34 -The local governments are entitled to put the decrees of these regulations into practice in the provinces for which no commission is assigned or sent.

 

28 May 1331 (June 10, 1915)

 

Archive No 1/2

Cabin No 109

Drawer No 4

File No 361

Section No 1445

Contents No 1-3

 

Holdwater: Obviously, the rules above would be misused at times, depending on the whims and corruption of the local officials. But they prove that the Ottoman government had its heart in the right place, and this document serves as the antithesis to "genocide."

 

DOCUMENT NO: 29

No: 22910 Tel:

Number: 2147


This telegram must not be delayed


The coded message dated 15 June 1915 from Mr. Pertev,

Acting Commander of the 10th Army Corps in Sivas


1. The Governor has just reported that nearly 500 Armenian bandits occupied the old castle in Karahisar and had clashes with government forces; that 80 Armenians were killed during the clashes and a Gendarmerie commander from security forces, a policeman, and a tax collector were wounded while 10 people from the Muslim population were either shot to death or wounded; and that the security forces were burning down all the Armenian houses around the castle.


2. Military preparedness and the measures taken so far have been strengthened in the face of possible developments.


3. Thirty cavalrymen under the command of Captain Ziya, Commander of the Cavalry Depot Company, have departed for Susehri to protect the telegraph and telephone lines.


4. The group of 203 men commanded by Captain Sukru that departed from the Army Corps Headquarters on 11 June 1915 was ordered to stay in Susehri for the time being until further notice with the objective of protecting the considerable arsenal stocked in this city as well as the guns being sent from Erzurum to Istanbul and the communication command informed the military post commanders that the group of 277 men to be conscripted will proceed on its way after the conscription procedure in Zara Post and that 19 boxes of weapons presently in Susehri will be delivered to the first group.


5. Since there are 19 boxes of weapons in Susehri and 160 boxes in Zara, it has been agreed with the Communication Lines Command that all the boxes will be sent to the Army Corps with the newly conscripted men for the purposes of facilitating their transportation and arming the new conscripts in the face of new developments.


6. All of the three roads giving access from the city to the afore-mentioned castle are blocked by the Gendarmerie forces. We ask the order of the high command even though we are considering sending to Karahisar the first group of draftees, expected to be in Susehri until the elimination of the rebels, and to keep it there for a period of time in order to provide help to the security forces, and keeping the second group in Susehri after arming the draftees.


First Section

15 June 1915 .

(2 June 1331)


Archive No 4/3671

Cabin No 161

Drawer No 2

File No 2835

Section No 127

Contents No 3-9

DOCUMENT NO: 30

 


No: 23690


Decoding of the telegraph received from Mr. Muammer, the Governor of Sivas, dated (5/6 June 31) 18/19 June 1915


We have brought Karahisar under control. Nearly 800 Armenians have taken refuge in the castle. According to estimates, there are about 200 armed rebels in the castle. There are some women and children with them, too. The castle's access to the town is blocked and the castle is surrounded. Although the rebels are still resisting at various spots, their spirit is broken.


An attack on the castle without casualties is impossible as a result of the very steep cliff around the castle. However, the castle has been isolated. The deployed regular force will reach tomorrow on time. Results will be informed.

Behic


Archine No 4/3671

Cabin No 161

Drawer No 2

File No 2835

Section No 127

Contents No 3-25

DOCUMENT NO: 31

 

Office of the Acting Supreme Commander of the Ottoman Army

 

Section

No:5832

 

The Coded Message from Ankara to the Office of the Acting Supreme Commander

 

C 33

Secret

 

District governors and section directors reported that about 300 armed Armenians from the villages in the vicinity of Bogazliyan attacked and burned down Islamic villages near Bogazliyan of the Maden District and that some other Armenians also attempted to attack the Islamic villages in Bogazliyan, killing the Muslim population and pillaging the villages. This situation has been reported to the 15th Division Command in Kayseri and the deployment of the entire Gendarmerie Battalion in Yozgat and the necessary number of Gendarmerie forces from other provinces in the afore-mentioned area in order to put down the attackers immediately and by harsh measures if necessary without causing any harm to the population loyal to the government. What will be done and the results will be communicated. 23 July 1915 (10 July 1331)

 

Acting-Commander of the 5th

Army Corps

Colonel

Halil Recai

 

Archive No 1-1

Cabin No 106

Drawer No 1

File No 152

Section No 384 (680)

Contents No 27-2

 

Date 24.7 Fourth Section

To be preserved

24 July 1915 Lutfu

 

Holdwater: Doesn't Armenian propaganda tell us all of the Armenian men were killed by this time? (Peter Balakian, for example, will vouch for their mostly having been done away with by early 1915.) Yet, not only were Armenian men alive and kicking, some were committing heinous crimes against defenseless villagers, with the "Turkish" menfolk away to fight the war.

 

DOCUMENT NO: 32

Office of the Acting Supreme Commander of the Ottoman Army


The coded message from Sofer to the Offiice of the Acting Supreme Commander


1. Starting at 03.00 hours today, clashes started between about 400 Armenian bandits who gathered at the Kandicik village of Maras and fortified the village, and the 132nd Regiment whose mission is to wipe out the bandits. These Armenian bandits have burned down many houses in Islamic villages in the region and killed or wounded more than 10 Muslims during the last few days. Gendarmerie casualties include two dead and three wounded. I am sending a regular battalion and a mountain artillery team to support the 132nd Regiment. I have assigned Mr, Hakki, the Governor of Adana with the mission of wiping out the bandits, by commanding the Gendarmerie and regular forces detached from the provinces of Maras and Adana, and of preventing any involvement of Muslim people in operations. And I have sent him, to the scene of the event.


2- A strong reconnaissance unit sent from Aria to the canal came back to Aris on July 18. The reconnaissance unit swam across the canal and successfully fired the explosives planted on two different spots on the railway line 2.5 kilometers north of Kantara. In the meantime, the same unit fired at a small patrol boat on the canal and the crew had to leave the boat. July 19/20 1915 (19/20 July 1331)


Commander of the Fourth Army

Cemal


Second Section

To be preserved 20.5


Archive No 1-1

Cabin No

Drawer No

File No 13

Section No 63

Contents No 7

DOCUMENT NO: 33

No: 6738

 

The coded message from Aleppo to the General Headquarters

 

1. It has been reported that Armenians in one of the companies of the Urfa Worker Battalion killed their Captains as well as some of the Moslem conscripts and wounded other Moslem soldiers and escaped following an attack with pickaxes and shovels.

 

2. More than three quarters of the men forming the communication and transportation units, worker battalions, as well as porter and construction companies are Armenians. Even though there has not been yet any indication of testing their loyalty, they are probably not trustworthy. If it is necessary to keep them in such jobs and employ them, the remaining 600 out of 800 rifles which were demanded with the code dated 10 August 1915 with the objective of protecting the communication units and deterring such incidents, must be sent immediately. The 200 rifles received so far are not adequate for this job.

 

3. A big majority of the great number of Armenians working in Intelli and Ayran Tunnels, company jobs, timbering, and on communication lines are committee members and physically strong men. For this reason, I ask for the assignment and detachment of some 40 men from regular forces in the face of probable action by Armenian bandits or by above-mentioned Armenians. 28 August 1915 (15 August! 331)

 

Communication Commander

Major General

Veli

 

Arrival: 16

First, Section

4874

 

To the Sixth Section

The original copy of this telegraph was submitted to the Sixth Section. The Operations Section to be informed of further procedure. 24.8

 

On behalf of the Director

Lutfu

 

Second copy 1054

Archive No 1-1

Cabin No 108

File No 13

Section No 63

Contents No 8

 

DOCUMENT NO: 34

Office of the Acting Supreme Commander of the Ottoman Army


Section Directorate

No 5828


The coded message from Erzurum to the Office of the Acting Supreme Commander of the Ottoman Army


Answer; 32


1. Since all the remaining Armenian bandits in Karahisar have been punished, only the Second Giresun Mobile Gendarmerie Battalion has been kept at the afore-mentioned area with the objective of maintaining local security, and a force of three battalions formed and sent from the trainees has been transported to Erzurum.


2. Upon reports revealing that over 300 Armenians gathered in a rocky area known as Kale in Kizilin village, Ulubey county of the District of Ordu with the intention of staging ambushes, the Gendarmerie forces in the vicinity reached this place and engaged in clashes. At the end of the clashes, eight bandits have been killed and the remaining ones punished by the reinforcements that reached the area later on.


3. The 11th Army Corps Command reported that the Christians living in Midyat revolted and engaged in clashes with Gendarmerie forces as a result of their attempts to use firearms against the soldiers;


4. A reliable source reported that some Kurds led by Bedirhani Abdurrezzak are engaged in provocational activities in Sirnak and Pervari in order to incite the Armenians and the loyal Kurds to a rebellion against the Government and that they sent messages to Cizre tribes to join them. Upon this, the Mobile Gendarmerie Battalion in Midyat was sent to Sirnak to pursue Abdurrezzak, according to reports from the province of Diyarbakir. Furthermore, for the purpose of arming the people who are loyal to the Government in the face of new developments, 2,000 rifles left by the 36th Division in Diyarbakir were delivered to the provincial government in line with a previous demand for about four thousand weapons. 15 July 1331 (28.7.1915)


Commander of the Third Army Corps

Mahmut Kamil


Archive No 1-1

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File No 152

Section No 680

Contents No 27, 27-1

DOCUMENT NO: 35

Ministry of Defence

Army Department

Army Section

No: M/1950-31-0-1

 

Istanbul

(11 August 331) 24 August 1915

 

Very Urgent

 

To the Central Headquarters

 

1. It is necessary to send by this evening a 100-men detachment under the command of one or two capable officers along with the requisite spare ammunition and food sufficient for three days for the purpose of eliminating the incidents of robbery perpetrated by Armenians in the Yalova Region.

 

If this detachment can be formed from the battalion on the other side (Asiatic side), application should be forwarded to the Haydarpasa Lines Commissioner and it should proceed to Yalova via Gebze. If the detachment is to be formed at this side (European side), contact should be established with Docks and Ports Command for crossing the Strait.

 

2. The Maltepe Communications Post Commander will be responsible for the food supply of the detachment force. Major Refet, the Commander of the Izmit Gendarmerie Battalion will command the detachment. Following the termination of the mission, the detachment will re-join its regiment upon the order of the afore-mentioned major.

 

3. The hour of departure of the detachment will be reported to the Chief of Staff of the First Army.

 

On behalf of the Minister of Defence

Signature

 

Archive No 5/1920

Cabin No 204

Drawer No 3

File No 4708

Section No 2

Contents No 9-9

DOCUMENT NO: 36

The coded message from Jerusalem to the Office of the Acting Supreme Commander


No: 7097 DTG


1. The Armenians to be moved away from the district of Antakya gathered at Mount Musa, north of Suveydiye, and decided to resist. A few of these Armenians took refuge on enemy warships by escaping by boat. It is possible that the cruisers "Victor Hugo" and "Henry Fastersine Louis" and three other unidentified warships took up positions in the Suveydiye region upon these Armenians' calls. Two regiments from the 41st Division and a mountain artillery team were sent against the rebels. As a result of the bombardment by warships "Victor Hugo" and "Henry Fastersine Louis" of the units and headquarters in and near Kabakli, Kabakli Village was destroyed and casualties include eight dead from military and civilians, two wounded, and 20 dead animals.


2. The detachment proceeded towards Damlat, the rebels' hide-out at midnight on August 30, 1915, but no contact took place with the rebels. This reveals that the Armenians took refuge on enemy warships at night. I am sending General Fahri to the scene of the events to punish those who permitted the escape of Armenians and caused unnecessary casualties by not taking care in concealing the headquarters.


3. Other Armenians in Iskenderun and Antakya are speedily being driven away from the region. 14.9.1915 (1 Sept. 331)


Commander of the Fourth Army and

Secretary of the Navy

Cemal


Second Section 2-7

To be preserved/ 4-7


Archive No 1-1

Cabin No 10

Drawer No

Fiie No 13

Section No 63

Contents No 11


Holdwater: And here we thought those French warships (actually, only one ship) appeared once the Musa Dagh Armenians were at the ends of their rope, and hung a bed-sheet declaring "CHRISTIANS IN NEED"!

DOCUMENT NO: 37

Office of the Acting Supreme Commander of the Ottoman Army

 

French Statement dated 22 September 1915

 

French cruisers have taken five thousand Armenian refugees, who had been resisting since the end of July on Mount Musa, north of Antiyuh Port and who recently ran short of ammunition and food, and transported them to Port Said.

 

The original document was given to the Second Section on 11-7

To be preserved/ 11-7

 

Archive No 1-1

Cabin No 10

Drawer No 2

File No 13

Section No 63

Contents No 16

DOCUMENT NO: 38

To the office of the Acting Supreme Commander in Istanbul


Sent from : Headquarters in Jerusalem

No : 18693

Dale : 26

Hours : 03.35


Urgent. War telegraph, not to be delayed anywhere


The force that I have sent against the Armenian bandits who took shelter in strong and fortifiable buildings in Urfa and which I have strengthened with a battalion of regular forces and an artillery team, will start an exemplary punitive operation. Some of the rebels took refuge in American missionary Leslie's House of the Orphans near the Armenian quarters. In the face of the importance of Urfa as a city where many enemy nationals are living, I have sent General Fahri to the city with the mission of exploring the possibilities of conducting the punitive operation in the most effective manner. He has reported to me that there are two Britons and two Frenchmen along with American missionaries in the aforementioned building, that the Armenians made preparations for defence by building machine gun slits, that he sent a message to the missionary to get out of the building, and that he attached a written statement to the gate of the building. In reply to this report, I ordered him to send written invitations for a meeting with five leading enemy nationals, to post another statement in public, to prepare records proving that the foreigners are witnesses to what is going on, to have these records signed by the foreigners, and then to sign them by himself, the chief of staff, the prosecutor, and another American if — there is one. General Fahri reported that he called seven persons but they did not want to sign the records even though they were shown the statement and the machine gun slits on the building. He also reported that he sent two more letters to Leslie but this person hung a white cloth on the building on which was written: We want to get out but they do not allow us to leave the building. It is possible that the artillery fire directed against the rebels would also cause damage to this institution. I ask Your Highness to inform the American Ambassador at once that a possible loss of life of the foreigners in the building could be unavoidable 1 Sept.331 (14.9.1915)


Commander of the Fourth Army

Anmet Cemal


To His Highness, the Supreme Commander


Sir, above are the General's wishes from the Supreme Commander. Your order is asked for informing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to warn the embassy.


Second Section

17846


Archive No 1-2

Cabin No 113

Drawer No 4

File No 533

Section No 2082

Contents No 2-75, 2-76, 2-77

> DOCUMENT NO: 39

 

The copy of the second article of the code no: 7664 and dated 3 0ctpber, which was sent by the Fourth Army Command

 

2- The confrontation in Urfa ended today with the conquest and destruction of the bandits' hide-out and the elimination of the rebels. The need for artillery support and the strong and reinforced refuge of the rebels which was made of stone were the major cause of the failure to solve this question beforehand.

 

Casualties from the gendarmerie forces and the people include 20 dead and 50 wounded.

 

M

10193

Second Section

18139

 

Archive No 1-2

Cabin No 109

Drawer No 4

File No 361

Section No 1445

Contents No 11-11

DOCUMENT NO: 40

The copy of the report No: 174 and dated 30 March 1916 from the Military Attache in Bucharest


File 28 5 8


The Armenian volunteers who are still in Caucasia are organized as follows (From a report):


Group No:

Commander:

Force:

Region of Operations:


1 Well-known rebel Antranic 2000 Armenian volunteers and two Don Kazak Battalions Region of Van


2 Rebel Hamarosp 1200 Armenian volunteers and two Don Kazak Battalions Along the Van- Erzincan War Line


3 Rebel Daro Pastirmadjian (Officer in Turkish Army and member of the Ottoman Senate). 2000 Armenian volunteers and five Portkai Kazak Battalions Against Iron on Culfa -Tebrizce Line

Keri

4 Rebel Keri 1000 Armenian volunteers and two Kazak Battalions Kars


5, . ....Karakin (a former Bulgarian officer) 5000 Armenian volunteers Recently a Kazak Regiment joined in Caucasian region As reserve force in ....region


6 , Famous rebel Haig Pajise-liantz 2000 Armenian volunteers Engaged in battles in Erzurum line, now in Kars


Besides these, there are 6000 Armenian volunteers in Tiblis receiving military training.


The 71st Turkistan Regiment, remaining parts of the 75th and 81st Turkistan regiments as well as the 38th and 156th Light Artillery regiments returned to Tibilis from the war zone.


Archive No 1-2

Cabin No 108

File No 318

Section No 1287

Contents No 1-31

DOCUMENT NO: 41

To the Office of the Prime Minister

 

The people who took refuge in interior regions by escaping from the war zone at the end of the military operations have been sent to new settlement places, resettled, fed, and given medical aid as well as clothes by our Directorate within the framework of the special organisation and arrangements given below in detail. The number of such refugees reached 702,900 by the end of October., Even though the people who took refuge and resettled through their own means without Government assistance are not included in the above-mentioned figure, they, too, are given financial aid when they request it.

 

Since the beginning of 1915 when the migration started, those who took refuge in cities and towns near the war zone such as Giresun, Samsun, Sivas, Elazig, Diyarbakir, and Mousoul were not kept in small squares or areas to prevent spreading contagious diseases. The refugees were also sent to places providing better sanitary conditions as well as food and resettlement possibilities. Transportation vehicles were provided for the women, children, and the sick to eliminate difficulties during transportation and care was taken to effect distribution and detachment in an orderly manner. Furthermore, health stations were set up and the refugees had vaccinations against smallpox, typhoid, typhus, and cholera.

 

Their nutritional needs were met during their journey and they were given hot meals in certain places. The rules and regulations concerning the administrative advice and practices to be put into effect by administrative directors and migration officials in connection with such assistance and basic protection principles have been prepared and submitted to Your Highness as Document No: 1. It has been regarded appropriate to take the utmost care in implementing these rules and regulations and to inform you briefly of the general results as follows:

 

The original residential places of the refugees as well as the regions selected as resettlement areas have been categorized in four groups with regard to climatic conditions, food resources, geographical resources and the general condition of transportation facilities.

 

"1" The refugees coming from Eastern Erzurum and the Trabzon coast have been transported to Ordu, Giresun, Unye,. Samsun, Bafra, and Kastamonu via both land and sea.

 

"2" The refugees corning from Western and Southern Erzurum and Southern Trabzon have been transported to Ankara and neighbouring regions via the Sivas-Tokat way or to Kayseri and Nigde via Sivas-Kayseri way.

 

"3" The refugees coming from the southern and southeastern part of Erzurum have been transported to Elazig, Malatya, and Maras via Kemah.

 

"4" The refugees coming from Van and Bitlis have been transported to Diyarbakir and neighbouring regions, Urfa, Gaziantep, and partially to Adana via the Diyarbakir route.

 

Since the transportation, resettlement, and food supplies of the refugees, the protection, feeding, and care of the widows and the orphans, and the treatment of and medical supply to the sick as well as the organization and facilities for such needs are provided and carried out in line with the local characteristics and requirements of every region, it has been regarded compulsory and appropriate to gather detailed information for every region separately.

 

1. The people living in Trabzon and the neighbouring coastal areas have been sent to Ordu, Giresun, and Samsun in small boats. Although this is the shortest and safest way of transportation at times of lessening enemy pressure, it could not be carried out as desired owing to the small number of boats. However, the number of people who took refuge and received government aid by this way reached twenty thousand. Even though some people have been transported by land via Karahisar and Sivas, or Niksar, Erbaa, and Amasya, the inadequate number of transportation vehicles could not bring the state of comfort and relaxation of the refugees to the desired level. Those coming from Ordu and Giresun by their own means and resettled in Terme and Carsamba, have been affected by malaria. Since further stay in this region is considered hazardous, most of them have been sent to Amasya and Merzifon and the remaining ones to those villages in the area unaffected by malaria and resettled there. Even though some of the refugees in Samsun have been affected by malaria, the distribution of quinine has lessened the effects of the disease and there have been no deaths. Some of the refugees, particularly the villagers, have been sent to Corum via Kavak, Havza, and Merzifon, and some of them to the Sinop- Kastamonu region via Bafra. The remaining group of refugees are being sent to the south within the scope of the possibilities available.

 

Today, the number of people who took refuge in the region is 79,100. 18,000 of these people are in Samsun, 18,000 in districts affiliated with Samsun, 4,000 are ready for transportation in Bafra, another 18,000 people are in Carsamba, 1,600 in Terme, 7,000 in districts affiliated with Terme, 18,000 in Unye and 5,500 in Fatsa.

 

Medical examination centres and food stores have been opened in Fatsa, Unye, Terme, and Carsamba for the medical treatment and feeding of the refugees going to the sub-province by land. Refugees are given hot meals and vaccinated in these places. Furthermore, the sick are undergiong medical treatment at special hospitals opened in Samsun, Carsamba, and Unye. In the meantime, the military communications hospitals set up in Fatsa, Unye, Terme, and Carsamba are also providing assistance to the refugees in case of need. Moreover, food stores have been opened at every four hours' walking distance on the roads for meeting the nutritional needs of the group of refugees traveling from the sub-province to Sinop via Bafra or those sent to Corum via Kavak-Havza road. An orphans house and a milk centre have been opened in Samsun and all refugees are given financial aid, adults being paid 30 paras a day and the children 60 paras. Porridge, boiled and pounded wheat with meat and rice are distributed once a day to the poor and rice are distributed once a day to the poor and the physically weak refugees.

 

2. The refugees coming from Erzurum and its environs to Sivas are taking the Susehri and Zara-Kochisar route to Sivas. The refugees to be sent to Corum via Tokat have been sent to Tokat via Susehri-Koyulhisar- Niksar route. Since the refugees coming to Karahisar via Alucra are to be sent to Kayseri, Refahiye route and Corum..... are transported via Mesudiye-Resadiye-Niksar route. With the help of the medical examination and food supply centres as well as health institutions set up by the military, the process of transportation has taken place in an orderly and continuous way. Particularly the number of people vaccinated as a precaution against a variety of diseases reached 150.000. Even though the sub-provinces of Tokat and Amasya of the Province of Sivas are included in the resettlement regions, since the number of refugees arriving in Sivas exceeded 300,000 and their food supply and resettlement needs could not be provided to the full at the inner provinces which constitute the operations area of the Third Army, 144,964 people have been sent to the directions of Corum, Yozgat, Kayseri, Nigde, Kirsehir and Konya in various intervals and the remaining refugees were distributed houses for resettlement in the region within the boundaries of the province of Sivas. So far, a total of 8,637 houses have been distributed and 2,154 houses previously rented were also given to the refugees by abolishing rents.

 

The widows and orphans among the refugees have been resettled in poorhouses and vocational schools previously established in many places and extended afterwards by the provincial governments. At such places, the women and the girls are taught carpet weaving, cloth making, and sewing and the boys are trained as blacksmiths, carpenters, tailors and similar professions. Our ministry is also giving financial aid to such institutions.. Milk centres, refugee hospitals and refugee kitchens have been set up in Sivas, Yenihan, Tokat, Amasya, Merzifon, and Zile, and the distribution of hot meals and meat to the poor and infirm refugees have been taken under guarantee.

 

3. Those who took refuge in eastern and southern regions of Erzurum and the western region of Van are proceeding into the interior regions of the province of Elazig via Kemah or Divrigi and Kangal, or Patoguzinhan routes. Although the requisite food supply and health institutions have been hampered by the adverse physical conditions of the roads and the lack of transportation has been hampered by the adverse physical conditions of the roads and the lack of transportation vehicles.

 

Those who arrive in the province of Elazig are being resettled in the central sub-province, Malatya sub-province, and the districts of Adiyaman and Besni. So far approximately eighty thousand people have taken refuge in this province. Of all these refugees, 4,500 people have been resettled in the districts of Adiyaman and Besni of the central district of Malatya. Some of the remaining refugees have been sent to Diyarbakir, and the others to Maras and Gaziantep via Malatya. Regarding the food resources and accommodation facilities, this province is thought appropriate for receiving more refugees. Therefore, it has been decided to make detachments from Sivas to this province in case of need. On the road from Malatya to Elazig, beginning from Sivas, food supply centres have been set up in Deliktas, Ulus, Kangal, Alacahan, Hasan-Celebi, Hekimhan, Hasanbadrik and in the centres of Malatya-Izoli-Kadikoy and Elazig. Refugees were given hot meals in these centres. The refugees also went through medical examinations at the health centres in Kangal and Deliktas and they received medical treatment at the Kangal Communications Hospital. A hospital, orphans' house, milk centre and refugee kitchens have been set up in Harput, Elazig, and Malatya.

 

4. The refugees who arrived in the province of Diyarbakir from the region of Van, Bitlis, and Mus, used the Palu-Guzinhan-Ergani or Siirt- Lice or Siirt-Silvan routes. Since the population increase in the province was over 200,000 people, it was decided to send some of the refugees to Siverek and Urfa affiliates via Siverek and the others to their pre-determined places of destination either via Mardin, Telermis, and Resulayn route or by railway with the objective of decreasing the number of people in Diyarbakir, included in the operations area of the Second Army. Following the establishment of the necessary food supply and medical centres along the Siverek road the transportation of the refugees by railway has started. However, upon the orders given by the Second and Fourth Army commands, it is seen that the refugees to be resettled in the western region of the Taurus mountains will spend the winter in Urfa and.the detachments to Islahiye by railway have been discontinued, with ceasing of transportation in Telebyaz Arab, that is Resitpinari, and detachments resumed towards Urfa. The number of people who took refugee in Diyarbakir is 16,901 at the central district and 16,162 at.the district of Mardin., So far, 40,000 refugees have been sent to Urfa. The detachment is taking place in orderly groups, the refugees are fed at the food supply centres set up along the road arid the groups are vaccinated to prevent contagious diseases.

 

A hospital and rest houses have been .specially set up for the refugees in Diyarbakir. Furthermore, about 10,500 children were brought to the kindergartens set up in Diyarbakir, Mardin, Siverek and Urfa. Detachments to Gaziantep and Maras have not exceeded 15,000 people at present and it is planned to send only 10,000 people to the province of Adana. However; the necessary arrangements on this route have been made and a refugee station has been set up in Pozanti as a precaution..

 

All sorts of administrative means necessary for the accommodation and feeding of the refugees until they are sent to their resettlement areas have been utiliized. Administrative Chiefs and Refugee Officials have been assigned with the duty of enforcing the decisions made in the Capital. A supervisor has been appointed for every region. However, as a result of the inefficiency of the branches of the Directorate General of Refugees specially set up for the accommodation of the Muslim population coming from outside and of the nomadic tribes, local government officials were also assigned to deal with the problems of the refugees and the employment of officials on a daily wage basis has begun in the necessary regions. Even though the problems of the refugees gathering together in operations areas such as Samsun, Sivas-Harput, and Diyarbakir initially until they are sent to their resettlement regions have been carefully dealt with and they are given financial aid on a daily basis, their movement and nutritional needs could not be met at the desired level owing to the difficulties encountered in providing the food supply and transportation vehicles as well as the climatic conditions and the poor road conditions. Despite these difficulties, however, a food supply was found at the Communications Depots of the Second, Third and Fourth Army commands and distributed to the refugees, furthermore, particularly the health councils of these armies provided much appreciated assistance in examining and treating the refugees.

 

The arrangements and facilities regarding transportation, nourishment, and accommodation are under the responsibility of the General Directorate of Refugees and Tribes of our Department and the Civil Service Control Boards have been appointed with the task of supervising the carrying out of these activities. Tackling health problems is being done through the mediation of special supervisors in harmony with the Ministry of Health. It is intended to leave the administration of the milk centres set up so far to the provincial governments. Since the extension of the scope of provincial governments is outside the authority of our Ministry, we ask the opinion of your highness about handing over the kindergartens to the Ministry of National Education afterwards.

 

No one should have the right to claim expertise in administering an exodus of about 800,000 people escaping from the difficulties created by the war, particularly in the face of the well-known internal situation of the country, climatic conditions and the fact that the elderly, women and children form the majority of the refugees.

 

However, establishment of medical examination centres along the roads, vaccination of the refugees, nourishment of the refugees at times of departure, provision of transportation vehicles to the elderly and the children, serving hot meals to those people at resting places during travelling, the partial, meeting of the clothing needs of the refugees, taking care of the people disturbed by such long journeys, the meeting of the basic needs of the refugees such as accommodation and nourishment, protection of the sick, the infirm, widows and the children at special facilities and their resettlement by providing houses and land have been conducted at a satisfactory level. That is, the question of refugees is being tackled by the Prime Ministry in an admirable manner in spite of all the difficulties arising from this situation.

 

The total amount of money spent for the refugees reached 25 million kurus in the last year of 331. The amount of money spent by the end of October, of the current year totalled 80 million kurus and approval has been given to spend at least 100 million kurus by the end of this year in order to meet only the nourishment needs of the refugees.

 

A schematic sketch of the institutions set up in the resettlement regions where the refugees have been and are to be transported, such as medical examination centres, hospitals, kindergartens, and workshops has been presented to the Office of the Prime Minister as document No: 2.

 

4 December 1916

 

Archive No : l .-.2

Cabin No :

Drawer No :

File No : 361

Section No : 1445

Contents No: 15 -- 22, 15 - 23

 

Holdwater: This document sheds light on the other side of the coin: the Muslim and other Ottomans who were getting resettled, no less against their will than the resettled Armenians. They were starving, getting sick, and suffering no less than the Armenians, yet no one ever spends a breath on them. Why is this? Were they no less valuable as human beings?

DOCUMENT NO: 42

Office of the Chief of Staff

of the Third Army Command


Section: 1

Branch: 3

No: 939


Headquarters of the Third Army

4 October 1917


To the Office of the Acting Supreme Commander


Lieutenant Nichola's impressions of the abominable atrocities committed by the Russians and particularly Armenians against the Muslim population are presented below. The above-mentioned lieutenant, the Commander of the 12th Company of the 156th Regiment took refuge with the 36th Caucasian Division on 2 September 1917.


The impressions of the above-mentioned document in Russian and in his own hand-writing are also attached to this document.


"The Muslim population in Elizabethpol, Baku, and Akhaltsikhe was massacred by the Cossacks as a result of the unrest among the Muslims during the Sarikamis Operations.


The Armenians among the ranks of the Russian Army are the most loathed and despised people. These people usually run away during the battles and hide in the villages. They falsely report that they become sick and shoot themselves to escape from battles, but they never avoid any opportunity of pillaging. Upon enemy retreat, they immediately proceed to the front line, pick up anything they can find, and then hide the rifles, bombs, etc. They indiscriminately rob, both the dead Turkish and Russian soldiers.


At the beginning of the confrontation, they stole 6 machine guns from a regiment of the 39th Division in Khorasan and buried them. These machine guns were found after an investigation and the guilty Armenians were sent for court martial.


Since the Armenians can speak Turkish, they get married to Turkish girls who need protection in Erzurum under the guise of Caucasian Muslims and then divorce these poor girls under the pretext of ordinary quarrels.


They usually do not pay for the goods they buy from the people in villages and cities, particularly from the Muslims. They frequently rape women and girls in rural areas and villages. Even in secure areas, such as in some quarters at the edge of Erzurum, they attempted such acts and those who were caught have been punished.


The attitudes and behaviour of the Armenians in villages are utterly inhuman. Since firewood was expensive in Erzurum, the Armenians destroyed the houses in the villages and sold the wooden beams of these houses as firewood in the city last winter. These beams were not taken solely from the deserted houses. The Armenians usually went to a village, entered a house they liked its look and asked the owner of the house to give a room for themselves. Or, they would take away the people living in the houses outside, stay in the house for a few days, then dismantle the roof, and take the wooden parts to the city by an ox-cart also belonging to the owner of the house. They would also take pretty Muslim girls or women away with them telling them, 'Once you were an Armenian.' If these women or girls say that they were not Armenians, they are beaten and intimidated, poor creatures. When some of these women had the opportunity to file a complaint to the government, the administration returned them to their families.


It is sufficient to mention just some of the terrible and shameful crimes committed only in Erzurum to get an idea about the Armenian atrocities in the villages.


A few people dressed as Muslims climbed the roof of a fairly high building in the Kars Gate region with a few rifles and a machine gun. From this spot, they opened fire on the house of the general, who was the Commander of the Erzurum Fortified Zone. Of course they were caught. Then they spoke like heroes, declaring that they were Muslims; that they would sacrifice anything for the sake of the religion and the state; that all Muslims would revolt and destroy the Russians; and that they had plenty of arms and soldiers to attain their targets. The Russians were scared of their testimony. Ye Katri-ta Goravisky Polk, who was in Erzurum at that time, immediately ordered the search of all the houses of the Muslim population. The Armenians, under the pretext of revealing the hidden arms and pointing out the houses to be searched, entered the buildings at random and pillaged the whole city.


They have taken anything they found in the houses, such as money, necklaces, belts, carpets, bracelets, and valuable clothes. They raped a great number .of women. At the end of the searches, only pencil sharpeners and bread, knives were found, Some of the Muslims formed a group and went to the Commander after the searches. They complained about the pillaging and raping. The Commander took some of the goods seized by the Armenians, and returned them to their owners. Upon the request of the Turks, those who opened fire at the commander's house were brought face to face with the Turks. It was then revealed that one of the bandits was an Arrnenian who once worked as a jeweller in Erzurum. Two Muslims from Erzincan and Trabzon also proved that the other two bandits were Armenians, too. Upon this, the Russian government drove away all the Armenians in Erzurum and the Turkish Armenians in the vicinity from the region. But I do not know what happened to the influential and armed Armenians.


There were Russian troops in the villages near Erzurum. In one of these villages (as far as I remember, the name of this village is Kan), the Armenians murdered a Russian guard at night, cut the. body into pieces, put them in a sack, and asked a Muslim porter in the morning to carry the sack to the house of the Mayor who was an influential person and a Muslim. The porter meets two Russian soldiers on his way to the Mayor's home. The soldiers ask the porter what is inside the sack, The porter answers that he does not know what is inside and adds that he was paid to carry it to the Mayor's house. The soldiers ask the porter to open the sack and that they will buy anything useful for them. The porter does not comply with their wish on the grounds that the sack does not belong to him. Saying that the porter does not want to sell anything to them but he would sell the things to the Muslim, the Russian soldiers bring down the sack and open it. The porter was placed under arrest. However, it was proved following an investigation that the murderers were Armenians and they were sent to Court Martial.


Even though the Russians did not want it and did what they could to prevent it, a great number of pillages and murders took place in Erzurum at the beginning of the invasion. The atrocities were more horrible and greater in number than can ever be imagined.


I do not exaggerate if I say that there were only one or two hundred girls who were not raped. I shall never forget the following incident. The Armenians broke into a house at a quarter in the south of Erzurum. They tied a young couple to two columns in the house. Then they inserted a stick into the anus of the couple's one-year-old son in the middle of the hall. I have personally seen the body of the boy. The mother of the dead boy went crazy. She was wandering about in Erzurum absolutely demented. For this reason, her husband did not want her back in the house. However, the government forced the husband to take his wife home.


I would also like to mention with disgust an abominable sight, a stain on humanity, that I encountered at the west of Hasankale while my regiment was proceeding into this town. There was a young Turkish woman, apparently once a very beautiful one, lying dead on one side of the road. A huge stick had been inserted into her vagina. We took the corpse and left it at a spot that was invisible from the road.


Such actions of the Armenians are a part of their character, their nature, rather than anything having to do with hatred. The Armenians are responsible for almost all the frauds that have taken place in the Russian Army. In the cases of fighting, robbery, murder, or adultery, the Armenians are always the aggressors. All the Russians are of this opinion. When a Russian, even a Cossack, is asked to compare the Turks and the Armenians, they regard the Turks as at least 10 times more civilized, respectable, and moderate than the Armenians. The Cossacks are sick and tired of such actions of Armenians and whenever they meet an Armenian they would immediately kill him if they could be sure they would not be caught. All the Russian Army, without a single exception, denounce the Armenians with the words, 'Armenians, go to hell."


More information gathered on this subject will immediately be presented to you.


Husrev.


23 October 1917

No: 9155


With the order of the Commander of the

Third Army Communications Commander

Colonel Muhittin


Delayed as a result of travelling,

Submitted to the Second Section; 24/11/1917

Acting Assistant Section Director

Major Ali Sukru


Archive No 1-2

Cabin No 110

Drawer No 1 (4)

File No 373

Section No 1484 (1032)

Contents No 9, 9-1


Holdwater: Well, that was pretty ironic; the Armenian antics even made the Cossacks sick!


This document gives us a nice cross-section of all the underhanded tricks of the Armenians. I like the one where they pretended to be Turkish, married Turkish women, and after they had their jollies, dispensed with the poor ladies with the old Islamic divorce decree (where all a man basically had to say was "I divorce you"). Naturally, one wonders why these poor examples for men would have even needed to go through so much trouble, when rape was the order of the day.

DOCUMENT NO: 43

To the office of the Military Police

 

My wish,

 

Recently, some Greek, Jewish, and Armenian tradesmen asked the officials of the German Army in Istanbul whether they had any foodstuffs, gold, money, shoes/dresses, etc. and proposed very high prices in return. With the help of the Turkish police, the German patrols acquired the names of a few such tradesmen in Kadikoy and Moda and reported this information to us. A Greek named Kooperatif at the British store, a Greek tailor named Matezakis, and an Armenian wine and Liquor trader named Karabet who works at the Munyakit Han in Kadikoy are among the tradesmen known for such activities.

 

In the meantime, a Jew in Beyoglu named Isaac Levi, as indicated in the list attached to this petition, attempted to trade money with officials from the German Army.

 

I respectfully ask you to punish these mean tradesmen through legal channels and to prevent the repetition of such acts:

 

21-12- 1917

Senior Officer of the German

Military Police

Major

Signature

 

Archive No 5/1920

Cabin No 204

Drawer No 3

File No 4608

Section No 6

Contents No 13

 

To the Arbitration Section/ Date 9

Arbitration Section 33

Documents 22936

 

DOCUMENT NO: 44

Ceasefire Agreement between the Ottoman and Russian Armies at the Ottoman Caucasus Front (1)

 

The following ceasefire agreement has been reached with the desire of halting fighting between the Ottoman and Russian armies on the Caucasian Front in order to reach an honourable peace at the earliest opportunity :

 

Article 1 : The Provisions of this agreement will be made obligatory by both sides as from 18.12.1333 (5 December 1917) until the conclusion of a final peace agreement. If any of the parties deems it proper to break this agreement, that party is obliged to notify the other party 14 days in advance before starting any combat operation.

 

Article 2 : As from the moment of this agreement going into effect, both parties will halt all combat operations at the Ottoman Caucasus front. (x) The parties will not carry on any operation not only among the opposite units, but also in the region up to 10,000 meters from the boundary line.

 

Article 3 : The boundary lines are clearly indicated in the Annex to this Agreement and are marked on a Sketch. In the region of the 1st Independent Caucasus Army Corps and the 1st Caucasus Cavalry Corps and of the Ottoman Army front of the opposite side will be established by Commissions in which both parties will agree.

 

Article 4 : As from the signing of this agreement, the parties undertake not to carry on any strategic operation, and not to carry on any extraordinary troop movements, and particularly to prevent movement of the troops to the Iraqi and Syrian fronts. Operations contrary to this article will be considered as the indication of resuming combat operations. Only orders issued until six o'clock on 15.12. 1333 (2 December 1917 18.00 hrs) will be carried and orders issued after the given hour will be withdrawn. (xx)

 

Article 5: Both parties reserve the right to replace their units or on the issues of housing and settlement within their regions behind the separating boundaries, provided that the strength of forces in divisional regions are not raised

 

Article 6 : The parties agree not to carry any preparations for attack as long as this agreement remains valid. The existing positions and shelters, however, may be restored to their previous conditions.

 

Rifle and machine-gun firing training ranges will be 5,500 meters to the rear of the separating boundary, while artillery firing training ranges will be 15,000 meters to the separating boundary at the minimum. The parties will notify each other in advance about training firings.

 

Article 7 : The parties undertake not to despatch any security echelons, reconnaissance units or reconnaissance teams beyond the separating boundary.

 

Article 8 : The parties undertake to prevent the passing of soldiers or local civilians to the no-man's-land between the separating boundaries as long as this agreement remains valid. All males of the age of military service who cross into no-man's-land will be considered prisoners. of war. The parties agree, however, to permit and assist the soldiers of both sides to utilise the water and wood resources in no-man's-land.

 

Article 9 : Disputes to arise during the application of this agreement will be solved by authorised persons to be designated by both parties. At the beginning for talks on each incident, the parties, through the assistance of the contacting officials will establish the time and site for the meeting. If possible, the contacting officials between the army headquarters, will be sent to the Refahiye-Erzincan highway.

 

Archive No. 4/1933

Cabin No. :

Drawer -No. :

File No.: 2697

Section No. 284

Contents No. 1-9

 

(1) From the Black Sea to the Mervane-Carcalan line

(x) Both parties are authorised to use illumination ammunition and projectors

(xx)The given hour will be the time for the first joint session

DOCUMENT NO. 45

Coded Message No. 3804 from the 3rd Army to the Supreme Command

 

A summary of the statement of three persons who were sent from the Kemah Front to Erzincan a week ago, who have now returned is hereby, submitted :

 

1. The Headquarters of the 1st Caucasian Army Corps and of the 4th Turkestan Division have moved on 13.1.34 (26.1.1918) from Erzincan to Erzurum. Some 150 Russian soldiers have remained in Erzincan to guard certain depots and stores which have not yet been transferred to Erzurum. Some 1,000 Armenian volunteers old and young, in uniforms or in civilian [dressed] have been observed in Erzincan. They are led by Murad, one of the Dashnak leaders.

 

There are no Georgians among the Armenians in Erzincan. It is not clear whether Armenians have a regular organization or not. Three mountain artillery guns were seen in the Church square in Erzincan. The Moslem population is being secretly murdered by Armenians while plundering and rape cases are widespread. Armenians are also spreading information to the effect that very soon 20,000 infantry volunteers as well as banknotes printed on behalf of the Armenian Government will soon reach Erzincan. A former Armenian building, used by Russian Forces as a hospital, was burnt down by the Russians during their evacuation.

 

The Russians further started to move their troops from Erzurum to the Caucasus.

 

2. An Armenian gang raided the Koska Moslem village some three Km.s south-west of Ardase, burning the houses, plundering their properties and raping women. Inhabitants of Zekginc Village, 18 Km.s. south-east of Erzincan, suffered similar Armenian raids.

 

3. Please be advised that I have already written to General Odisalidje, Commander of Russian Caucasus Army and to General Benzavaliski, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Caucasian Armies, to prevent the cruelties underlined in Articles 1 and 2 above and to punish perpetrators.

 

22-1.34

Commander 3rd Army

Vehip

 

Archive No 1/2

Cabin No 113

Drawer No 3

File No 525

Section No 2046

Contents No 6-2, 6-3

 

DOCUMENT NO. 46

War Documents File

No.

Decoding

564

100


Refahiye

22.1.34 (22.1.1918)


COPY


To the 3rd Army Command


1. Three enlisted men and two civilians from different units who were taken as prisoners of war on different dates, have taken shelter in our advanced posts of the 36th Division at Manzuri through the Mezekler River on 20.1.34 (20.1.1918).


These persons set off from Erzincan on 18. 1.34 (18.1.1918) and reached our side through the Mountain road.


2. From their stories at their interrogation at the 36th Division, the points explained with our Message No. 56 of 21.1.34 (21.1.1918) regarding Erzincan are being confirmed.


3. Incidents which they can remember regarding inhuman cruelties by Armenians on the Moslem people in Erzincan are underlined below :


a) The son of Kara Mehmet and four friends from Zaza's living in Erzincan were hacked to pieces at the opium poppy mill one night (They cannot remember the date.)


b) Dursun Aga from Karakilise of Erzincan, while loading dung to his cart from a depot under permission, uncovered three Russian infantry rifles under the dung and was arrested by Russian patrols charged with stealing rifles.


c) A civilian named Kurt Mehmet Aga was attacked by Armenians in the vicinity of Demirciler in Erzincan and Armenians also forced a women from the same district to go with them.


d) Municipality clerk Mehmet Efendi was taken prisoner from Erzincan and taken to an unknown destination, while his mother, his wife and his four year child were killed and torn into pieces. Ten days ago, the Cinkeke villages inhabited by ten Kurds were raided by Armenian volunteers. Armed clashes took place until the evening. Nine Armenians were killed in the clash.


4. Armenians aiming at winning independence and for maintaining this independence nowadays are helping the Kurds of Dersim in every way. and try to attribute attacks by Kurds on them to Turks.


5. Interrogation of the above persons will continue when they reach the Army Corps Headquarters and important information to be obtained during the interrogation will be further submitted.


6. This coded message is written under No. 62 from the First Section.


Acting Commanded of the 1st Caucasian Army


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Ottoman Armies Caucasian Front Command

No.738

Headquarters of the Armies

29.1.34 (29.1.1918)

 

To General Perjovalski

Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Caucasian Armies

 

Honourable General,

 

I am sorry to have the obligation of informing you, with deep regret, how terrible and painful are the uninterrupted cruelties and abuses by Armenians on the Moslem population of the Ottoman-land under Russian occupation, as is apparent once again with incidents recently reported. I am sure this situation is absolutely contrary to the noble feelings of the Russian Command and of the free Russian Army and that an absolute inevitable necessity for humanity and civilization prevails and I am also sure beyond any hesitation and doubt that you cherish the same feelings as your friends:

 

1. Son of Karamehmet and his four brothers from Zazalar Village now residing in Erzincan were cruelly hacked to-death by Armenians at the opium poppy mill.

 

2. Kurt Mehmet Aga in Demirciler of Erzincan was attacked while a Moslem women was kidnapped by Armenians.

 

3. Former Municipall clerk of Erzincan Mehmet Efendi was kidnapped by Armenians while his mother, his wife and his four year old child was brutally murdered and their bodies dismembered.

 

4. Armenians attempted to abduct the wife of Veysi, son of Gulbahar from Arus, and Veysi was murdered as he resisted.

 

5. Armenians murdered Dursun, son of Saso Huseyin from Mezraa Village at his home.

 

6. Ismail, son of.Mehmet from Pacenc was murdered by Armenians.

 

7.On 12 January 334 (12 January 1918) Armenians raided Keleras Village, shooting dead seven Moslems after tying their hands.

 

8. On 7 January 1334 (7 January 1918), a group of Armenians in Russian uniforms kidnapped some 50 men and women from the Ful district on the Black Sea coast, and took them in the direction of Trabzon. The corpse of Huseyin Cavus from Sahmelek Village four Km.s southwest of Sarli Pazari, who was among those kidnapped, was later found in the Ful river.

 

9. Two Moslems from Kizilagac, seven Km.s south of Sarli Pazari were found dead, apparently stabbed by bayonets, hands and legs tied.

 

10. An officer of Greek origin from Kar, provoked a few Armenian and Greek enlisted men, climbing on the minaret of Ful mosque, firing arms from the minaret; killing four Moslems who happened to be in the vicinity.

 

11. Vasil and Kosti from Cemberliogullari, from the village of Erikli of Yurul, now settled in Gorele in cooperation with Greek and Armenian soldiers, began a massacre against the Moslem inhabitants of the villages in the area, and unfortunately, Russian soldiers took part in a number of actions, during which women were subjected to inhuman and immoral attacks and humiliations.

 

12. For a month, Greek and Armenian gangs in Russian military uniforms have murdered the Moslem inhabitants of Nefsi Sarli, Akkilise and Inesil villages west of Sarli Pazari, plundering their properties and raping them.

 

13. On 5 January 1334 (5 January 1918) Armenian gangs raided the Islamic village Aralikos between Filteroglu and Gokeli east of Gorele and the Kirikli village seven and half Km.s east of Cavuslu, plundering the villages.

 

14. An Armenian gang of 50 men, raided Ardase district centre, plundering properties and burning the market street.

 

The above incidents are based on concrete evidence and documents, and I would like to point out that I have omitted incidents without clear proof and it is also possible that there are many incidents of which no information has yet reached us.

 

I wholeheartedly hope that measures and immediate action will be taken and that these measures will be urgently implemented. Please accept my deepest respects.

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Commander, Caucasian Front

Ottoman Armies

General

Vehip Mehmet

 

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DOCUMENT NO. 48

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Decoded Message

803


Refahiye 30,1.34 (30.1.1918)

Received 31.1.34 (31.1.1918)


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To the Third Army Command


Urgent


I am hereby presenting the report from 36th Division Command which I received at 23.30 hrs. on 30 January 34 (30 January 1918) on happenings. in Erzincan and vicinity. With this report and with the statements of eight peasants who arrived in Kemah today, the conclusion has been reached that Armenians are acting in Erzincan on their own. In order to avoid violation of the conditions of the armistice agreement, I did not consider it proper to dispatch troops for help without consulting your authority. I only permitted issuing arms and some ammunition to these peasants. I hereby request permission to dispatch a few guerillas disguised as peasants.


Commander of 1st Caucasian Army

Kazim Karabekir


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Ertkendi Village Moughtar (headman) Feyzi, son of Ismail and Gozeler Village Moughtar Halil Efendi, son of Mustafa have just arrived in Kemah on horseback. Their statements follows :


As their previous statements have completely confirmed, Armenians have been carrying out acts of massacres on the Moslem population in Erzincan for two days. They are planting bombs at houses which they cannot break into, or burning these houses by using kerosene. Seven bombs were thrown at the New Mosque today. The number of Armenians in Erzincan are estimated at no more than 500. Some 2,000 Armenians gathered at Mamahatun, are fighting against the Turks who cut the Erzincan-Erzurum road. Artillery gun sounds are heard from the direction of Mamahatun. Armenians reportedly have two more artillery guns at Harbiye Barracks, apart from their two guns at Erzincan. Reportedly there are 500 Kurds at Cice passage of Kelek (Poluk) Village and 700 in Pulumur. Son of Kurd Memis Aga is reportedly positioned at the Spikur front with 80 men. Apparently only men remained in Erzincan. The fate of the women and children is unknown. Murad Pasha and his gang want to escape. But the only escape route is Kemah Passage and Cardakli, for all the other sides are completely surrounded.


Three branches of service may pass (Infantry, artillery and cavalry) through Kemah Erzincan road, provided that the bridges are well reserved and protected. Bridges built by the Russians across the Pratik were destroyed by Armenians three days ago. If some forces cannot get there at once, it is extremely likely that all bridges and villages will be destroyed. If we are supported by 60 soldiers, or by 100 rifles and a sufficient number of soldiers, you will save all villages up to one hour from Erzincan on the West. All hopes for the women and children rest with the Army. If the Army does not come to help, they will tear us all into pieces, the population says. And they swear this is so.


I am favouring giving them 60 rifles and sufficient ammunition. I shall later collect these arms back. I undertake all the responsibility for the matter. Awaiting your esteemed orders.


Acting Commander 36th Caucasian Division

Lt. Col. Recep


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From Aluora

2.2.34 (2.2.1918)

 

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To the Third Army Command

 

375 Special

 

Confidential

 

Captain Ibrahim efendi who was dispatched to the enemy area as reported in our Code No. 89 of 13.1.34 (13.1.1918) has written three reports at Duzlu village 3-4 Km.s southeast of Vakfibekir on 28 and 29.1.34 (1918). One of the reports is related to the surrender to the Russians of 3rd Lieutenant Sevket (Reserve) from the 5th Caucasian Division, 13th Regiment, 4th Battalion, who was sent to the enemy side for espionage. Necessary action will be done when the letter reaches the headquarters. Contents of the other two reports are briefly as follows :

 

1. Russians are from time to time using artillery and machine gun fire on Turkish guerrillas east of Kalederesi river. east of Polathane.

 

One Russian torpedo boat fired 40 rounds on 27.1.34 (1918) on the people at the region where the Iskefiye river meets the Black Sea southwest of Cape Yeros. The same Torpedo boat returned to Trabzon after machine gun fire on the western banks of the same stream.

 

2. The Greeks have completely withdrawn to Trabzon from Akcaabat district and from the villages of this district. Many diseases are widespread in Trabzon, people being vulnerable to many dangers.

 

While the Greeks of the region are gathered in Trabzon, the Moslem population of the town has withdrawn to the mountain villages.

 

3: A 2000-strong gang comprising Georgians, Armenians and Greeks, captured the town of Polathane on 27.1.34 (1918), erected tents in the region and carried out massacres against the Moslem inhabitants.

 

Moslem women were beheaded, faces slashed, and the mutilated bodies of Moslem men and women were exhibited in a shameless way.

 

4. On 28/29.134 (1918) Orus village 16 Km. southeast of Polathane was raided by an Armenian-Greek gang, and the whole Moslem population was massacred.

 

2nd Caucasian Army Corps Commander

Major General

Sevki

 

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From Mezraa

3.1.34 (3.1.1918)

3.2.34 (3.2.1918)


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To the 36th Division Command


1. Seven of the 40 enlisted men who succeeded in escaping from Erzincan on 2/3-2-34 (2/3-2 - 1918) arrived in Mezraa, while the rest took shelter in villages south of Euphrates. Their statements hereby follow :


a. For eight days, Armenians have been forcibly obstructing people from leaving their homes or going from one village to the other. Day and night they are rounding up male inhabitants, taking them to unknown destinations, after which nothing further is heard of them. (Informed, from statements of those who succeeded in escaping wounded from the massacres around Taskilise ruins). Women and children are being openly murdered or are being gathered in the Church Square and similar places. Most inhuman and barbarous acts have been committed against Moslems for eight days.


b. Armenian Forces : The total strength of Armenians in Erzincan and its vicinity is not over 3,500. (500 cavalry are included in the above figure).


d. Provisions of Armenians : Originally they had food stuff stocked in the fortress left over from the Russians. Now they are moving these supplies to the Church Square. Four large stores around the Church Square and almost every house is full of abundant provisions. Bread is baked in houses and at bakeries near their homes. No other bakery is operative. (There is definitely a stock of two thousand cans of kerosene and abundant sugar stored in the Church Square among other provisions).


e. Settlement and positions of Armenians in the city of Erzincan : There are some 100 Armenian families in Erzincan. They live in the Armenian section of the city. There is always a 100-strong Armenian unit in the Church Square. They are constantly patrolling the Moslem districts. There are explosives in every house.


2. Hereby are submitted the results of my personal investigations and impressions:


a. The bridges : The bridge at Kizilyazi built by Russians is sound, fit for passage of infantry and cavalry. The bridge also built by Russians near Alpisti village on Euphrates, seven Km.s east of the first one is fit for passage of heavy artillery but has been destroyed by Armenians. (A 13 meter section has been burnt). One section from the North and one section from the south of the bridge between Zenkan meadow and Goletasi, 6,5 Km.s east of the above which was built by our army, have collapsed. Apart from these three bridges, one more bridge was built on the river Euphrates during the war (East of the Persoan Bridge.).


b. Position for settlement in villages between Kamah Passage and Cardakli : Each of the following villages may settle the following number of enlisted men :


Kurdish Brasiki (part destroyed) Village : 2,000 men Ekrek (not destroyed) village and Slike (partly destroyed) : 100 men Suha Village (partly destroyed. There are two Armenian families) : 100 men Silbisi Village (partly destroyed, uninhabited) : 50 Hah (Partky destroyed, uninhabited) : 200 men Calepli, Upper and Lower (Destroyed, uninhabited): 200 men Sibyatagi village (destroyed, uninhabited): 100 men Koyne village (Destroyed, uninhabited) 300 men Lardos Village (not destroyed, inhabited by 80 Kurdish families) : 2500 men.


At Brakisi above, there are 15 Armenian cavalrymen led by Kalos from Pekercili and at Ekrek there are four local Armenian infantrymen


c. Diseases : There are no indications of epidemics in Erzincan and its vicinity.


d. No food provisions can be supplied from. these villages.


3. Forces to be gathered : I have already enlisted 50 men from the village where I stay and from the region, but it is not possible to increase this figure under the present circumstances.


4. A 15-strong unit is needed for Kizilyazi and for Bercin village five Km. east of Kizilyazi. These will not only increase our strength but will also protect the rear echelons and the villages.


5. No contact has yet been established with the Left wing: Visual link exists in daytime with Kurds in right wing.


6. Armenian stand : With the advancing of the Army, they anticipate the annihilation of the population of the city and to escape in a direction which they consider appropriate (Sibigür would suit their escape). They anticipate opening the Sansa Passage which is blocked by tribes and allow the support units in. (The existence of the support units has been confirmed).


7. Kurdish and Armenian relations : Although the tribes maintain the security of villages and their inhabitants North of Euphrates, heavy fighting has been going on with Armenians in Sansa for eight days.


(I consider them as reliable). There are some unarmed 300 tribesmen gathered at Gozeler, Komrani and villages in the area. (My knowledge is not sufficient about the feelings and attitude of the Dersim tribes which has not joined the fighting yet).


8. Civilian clothes cannot be obtained here. Enlisted men are wearing their original clothes.


9. Four horses were just dispatched. Request permission to dispatch fifty rifles and five thousand rounds of ammunition.


Militia Commander

Ismail Hakki


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Army Headquarters

6.2.34 (6:2.1918)

 

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To the Supreme Command

 

Very Important and Confidential

 

In reply to your coded confidential message No. 1347 of 7.1.1918 and annex to our coded reply of 9.1.1918.

 

Translation of the Cable of General Liyotnan Odishelidje, Commander of the Russian Caucasian Army, on orders from the Southern Caucasian Government and signed by Parliament Speaker Kekochori, is submitted below.

 

Operations - 829.6,2.1918

 

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Honourable General,

 

The Southern Caucasian Government, upon being informed from the cable of Geneal Odishelidje, of the instructions issued by Acting Supreme Commander H.O. General Enver, considers it a primary duty to extend its regrets for the delay, caused by reasons beyond its capacity. As to the proposal of General Enver extended by your esteemed self the Caucasian Government fully shares the humanitarian wishes of General Enver on the establishment of peaceful relations desired by both sides.

 

But Honourable General : The Caucasian Government cannot hide from your esteemed self, its obligation to unify its moves on the peace treaty with moves of other independent governments similarly involved in connection with the territorial integrity of the Russian Republic on terminating the war. The Caucasian Government has already taken necessary steps in order to learn the views of other governments on the issue. They will inform me of their views so I will submit it to your esteemed self to be passed on to the Supreme Command. Of course it will take some time and I hope that it will not be a trouble for you to wait for some three weeks.

 

Please accept my deepest respects.

 

On behalf of the Southern Caucasian Government

 

Assembly Speaker

Kekechkori

 

Coded on 7.2.1918

 

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Army Headquarters

6.2.34 (6.2.1918)

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TO: 1st Caucasian Army Corps Command

2nd Caucasian Army Corps Command

Communications Zone Inspectorate - Secret Letter


Further to order No: 662 of 29.1.34 (29.1.1918)


1. As almost all Russian units opposite our front have been withdrawn, the population loyal to us in regions behind the Russian positions are facing an ever-increasing threat and suppression as well as cruelties and abuses by Armenians who have decided to systematically annihilate the Moslem population in regions under their occupation, according to information reaching from various sources. I have regularly informed the Russian Command of these atrocities and cruelties and I have gained the impression that the above authority seems to be failing in restoring order.


2. For these reasons, in regions where the Russian High Command is unable to protect our population, preparations will be made initially with the following troops, to act as soon as orders are received to reestablish and strengthen security. Order for operation has no time limit.


1st Caucasian Army Corps.


a. One infantry regiment from 36th Caucasian Division with all machine guns, the rifle battalion reinforced with machine guns, a powerful mountain artillery battery, a cavalry company.


b. 9th Caucasian Division:


2nd Caucasian Army Corps:


a. 5th Caucasian Division (One battalion of this Division moved to Kelkit on 5.2.1918


b. A reinforced infantry regiment from 11th Caucasian Division supported by machine guns and a mountain platoon.


c. 36th Caucasian Division.


3. Other units of the army corps will be prepared at second echelon in intervals, as the situation requires. The second echelon troops must therefore be also prepared.


4. Provisions of the Erzincan cease-fire agreement with the Russians remains in effect and will be absolutely complied with during the advance operation. Any clash with Russian troops is strictly prohibited. With the withdrawal of Russians only provisions of the cease-fire agreement regarding the median line are not in effect and the Russian Command is already notified of this situation.


5. This order has been written to the 1st and 2nd Caucasian Army Corps and to the Communications Zone Inspectorate.


6.2.19-18 Operations


Commander, 3rd Army

General


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Holdwater: Let us repeat the critical line from the beginning: "...cruelties and abuses by Armenians who have decided to systematically annihilate the Moslem population in regions under their occupation, according to information reaching from various sources." This is pretty much what real genocide is about, folks; systematically polishing off an innocent people because they belong to another "tribe."

DOCUMENT NO: 53

 

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Translation from Russian

Wireless Message

 

6.2.34 (6.2.1918)

DTG 3, 15 hrs.

 

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Honourable General Vehip Mehmet

Commander, Ottoman Caucasian Armies

 

I deem it a duty to express my regrets for the following deplorable incidents:

 

Soldiers stationed in Erzincan, on speculations originated by provocateurs alleging that Moslems would carry out a revolution, have on their own, without orders, resorted to searches at homes of the Moslem population, and upon the wounding of a soldier by Moslems, arms were used against Moslems who opposed searching and there were casualties with unknown numbers on both sides. The intervention of officers stopped bloodshed and prevented the spreading of the clashes.

 

I hereby express my deep regret for the incident and have the honour to inform your esteemed self that I have taken strong measures against those who disturb security and those who resort to provocations against the Moslem population and that those responsible will be most severely punished.

 

Odishelidje

 

No:15132 January 1918

Received after 2.30 hrs on 6 February 34

by Susehri Telegraphic Centre.

 

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Excellency General Vehip Mehmet

Commander of Caucasian Ottoman Armies


Acknowledge herewith receipt of your cable of 17 February 34 (1918). I have promptly informed the Commander-in-chief of the contents; I was deeply grieved by the incidents concerned.


On behalf of the Caucasian Army and myself, I feel obliged to extend my condolences for the untimely annihilation of innocent Moslems. Please accept my deepest respects.


8 February 1918

No 15251

Odishelidje


To:

Lt. General Odishelidje

Commander of Russian Caucasian Army

No:1135


Please accept my gratitude and deep respect for the noble feelings expressed by your esteemed self in your cable No: 15251 of 8 February 1918


Commander Caucasian Front

Turkish Army

Vehib Mehmet

General


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DOCUMENT NO: 55.

Telephone Confirmation

Confidential

10.2.34 (10.2.1918)

 

TO: 1st Caucasian Army Corps Command

Reply 10.2.34 (10.2.1918) Operations -31

 

1. As the ship from Istanbul, God willing, is inspected in Giresun by the evening of 12.2.34 (12.2.1918) to unload its cargo between 12/13.2.34 (1918), the advance operation will begin on 13 3 34. (1918) and the situation will be promptly circulated by an order.

 

2. The Kiranhan outpost is approximately 11 Km.s from llgarcayir, Yaverbey Tackle is 22 Km.s from the outpost and Yalnizbaglar is 8 Km.s from Yaverbey.

 

As has been informed, deployment from llgarcayir will start by the evening and at least Yaverbey will be reached. For, because of snow, and difficulty in movement of mounted units and carts, and as there will be night conditions, it does not seem probable to cover a 30 km. distance in one night and carry out an efficient operation in a possible assault the next day with sufficient and efficient forces.

 

It is therefore requested by Operations Order no 904 of 9.2.34 (1918) that the positions on slopes opposite the Erzincan Plateau (Eastern entry of Kemah Passage - Yalnizbaglar Northern Line) by the evening 12.2.34 (1918), in other words in two days, as the deployment will begin on 11.2.34 (1918). In the first day of the advance, powerful units with light gear will occupy the positions dominating the Erzincan Plateau, and in this way arrange the security of the forces.

 

As movement towards Kemah-Erzincan is more favourable and since. the Kemah passage is already occupied by the detachments, your views in this regard are requested.

 

3. Despite, this, however, you have full freedom in the arrangement of the operation. You can perform the arrangement the way you will consider it p oper. 10.2.1918 Operations.

 

Nazmi

 

Dictated to Captain Talat (GS) at 1st Arny Corps, via officers in intermediary telephone switchboards.

 

10.2.34 (1918)

22.45 hrs

 

Captain (GS)

(Signature)

 

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10.11/2.34 (1918)

Received 11.2.34 (1918)


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Confidential


Requested that you write and inform General Odishelidje, in reply to his message of regrets in connection with recent incidents, that, unfortunately, the happenings are not as described to him, as l learnt from the statements of people who escaped from the unjust treatments and sheltered our forces, and from statements of other witnesses. Also inform him of the very bad effects of Armenian cruelties on the army which comprises people of the Turkish land. Also thank him for his feelings and for the pleasures he anticipated, but keep secret our intentions, until the operation begins. Further, it will be a far-sighted measure to send the message to General Odishelidje, not by cable, but in a letter to reach him one day after the beginning of the operation.


933:10/11.2.34 (1918)

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Acting Supreme Commander

Enver


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DOCUMENT NO: 57

1,3.2.34 (1918)

 

To The 3rd Army Command

 

1. Despite the resistance of Armenian gangs in the Western outskirts of the city, the 2nd Battalion of the 108th Regiment, entered Erzincan after street-fighting, at.05.30. Clashes of a minor nature continue in the city.

 

2. Here is an account of today's developments:

 

a. A 100-strong detachment made up of 100 enlisted men from the 36th Division, made a surprise attack on the Armenian gang at Kurdish Birashikin. Two of the Armenian gangs were killed, the rest escaped. Meanwhile, before escaping they murdered ten people from the villages whom they kept as prisoners at Birashikin. Two of our men were slightly wounded.

 

b. Following this, the Operations Detachment of the 36th Division, occupied the slopes dominating the Erzincan pleteau.

 

c. Fighting broke out between troops from -the 9 th Division approaching Yalnizbag and Armenian cavalrymen. One Armenian was killed, the other escaped. Some 80 Armenian cavalry and 100 infantry were seen at Cukurkaya and Kirklartepesi respectively.

 

d. In the afternoon, the 2nd Battalion of the 108th Regiment was dispatched towards Erzincan for reconnaissance. This battalion broke the resistance of some 150 Armenian gangs firing from around the buildings at 03.00 and as indicated in paragraph one above, entered Erzincan.

 

3. No news has yet been heard from troops at West Dersim.

 

4. Forces occupying Erzincan have been strengthened. On the night of 13/14, the Western outskirts of Erzincan will be occupied. A strong detachment from the 9th Division, will be present in Horan for reconnaissance and observation in the Kirklartepesi - Sercebogazi direction.

 

5. I can see fire in one location in Erzincan and in two locations in the direction of the barracks.

 

6. The Army Corps Headquarters will spend the 13/14 night at Kurdish Birashikin.

 

7. This report was dictated to the telephone switchboard centre from Birashikin at 07.30 hrs on 13.2.34 to be written to the 3rd Army, 2nd Caucasian Army Corps, 4th Army Corps, 9th Division, 10th Division commands.

 

Dictated by phone 13.2

 

1st Caucasian Army Corps

Commander

Colonel

Kazirm Karabekir

 

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Sukru


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2nd Caucasian Army Corps 963

Words 500


To the 3rd Army Command


1. On 19.2.34 0918), Georgian and Russian Committees, addressing the soldiers and the people, said they were brothers with the Turks, that they would leave their excess weapons and goods with Turks, to be collected back later. Armenians in Tarbzon boarded sea-going vessels, with only some 15 Armenians are left packing their goods, according to information submitted by one of our officers who was there. No important information was received from the 5th Division and the 11th Division.


2. The 5th Division will proceed to the Bayburt region today 20.2.34 with one infantry regiment one artillery platoon and one cavalry company, while the great part of the Division will remain on the Kasanta-Hardici- Ciresonur-Mansi -Hizirilyas Irne. This division will cover the area up to . the 1st Army Corps by one battalion and will maintain links with the 1st Army Corps.


b. The 347th Regiment from the 11th Division, with its main body will remain at Pirahmet and Teke while one battalion of this regiment will stay at Ardase and Gumushane, establishing the security and observation with its advanced troops at the Ovuk Passage - Kazmaci Inn - Azerya Inns - Zigana line.


c. The 37th Division will approach Trabzon as far as possible without engaging in any clashes with Russians, being ready to enter Trabzon as quickly as possible, while orders have been issued to expedite negotiations and bargaining with Russians.


d. The Cavalry Regiment made up of the 11th and 20th cavalry companies was organized at Alucra and was dispatched to advance. The Second Rifle Battalion moved from Cakma village to Kelkit today.


3. According to information received from the cavalry reconnaissance columns from the 5th Division after midnight, they entered Bayburt on 19.2.34 (1918) and submitted the following details. An Armenian gang made up of 100 cavalry and 150 infantry led by Arshak together with their families left Bayburt on 15.2.34 (1918) and 11.00 hrs, spent the night at Maden Inns, and proceeded towards Erzurum the following day. These gangs murdered over 200 Moslems before leaving Bayburt and burnt the corpses. Some provisions are available in Bayburt but there is no information on the quantity.


4. The weather in the Army Corps region is cloudy and the sea is stormy.


5. This report was delivered to the Alucra Telegraph office to be transmitted to the 3rd Army in Mulkuserif, 1st Army Corps in Erzincan and to the 3rd Army Heaquarters is Susehri, 20.2.34 (1918) 0.9.15 hrs.


2nd Caucasian Army Corps

Commander

Brig. General

Sevki


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Ottoman Army

Acting Supreme Command

Section

No: B.C.

99

 

21:2.34 (1918)

Received

 

From the 3rd Army Command to the Acting Supreme Command Coded Message No: 51

 

1. In the 4th Army Corps 5th Division Front, the pier of Fikirbuh has been occupied by our troops.

 

2. There is no change in the position of the 1st Caucasian Army Corps. No report has yet been received on the arrival to the Ketur village of the Detachment, which as indicated in Report No: 50 reached Sansa village.

 

3. According to information received from the reconnaissance column in Bayburt, an Armenian gang of 250 infantry and 100 cavalry, left Bayburt and withdrew to Erzurum over Sandik inns. Before leaving Bayburt, the gang treacherously murdered and burned over 200 people.

 

4. The 5th Caucasian Division of the 2nd Caucasian Army Corps, occupied Bayburt with a strong advance column. The attached units of the Division are on Gelengec (453A) Kanta (53T) line with the main troops at Kanta -Hardis-Sonur-Ugrak line. The advance units of the 11th Caucasian Division are on the Vavok Mountain, Kazmaca, Ahzarya, Kolat inns, Zigana line. The 37th Caucasian Division is between the. immediate West of Trabzon and Polathane.

 

5. This report was delivered to the Susehri Telegraph office at 20.30 hrs on 20.2.34 (1918) to be transmitted to the Supreme Command, to the Thunderbolt, 6th Army and to the 4th Army Corps Commands.

 

20.2.34,0918) Checked.

 

Commander, 3rd Army

Vehip Mehmet

 

Archive No 1/1

Cabin No 105

Drawer No 1

File No 153

Section No 682

Contents No 45

DOCUMENT NO: 60

Ottoman Army

Acting Supreme Command

 

Section

No: 24

 

Decoding of Message No: 528 from the

3rd Army to the Supreme Command

 

1. Existence of Armenian gangs reported in Adilcevaz of the 4th Army Corps Front. An enemy motorboat, after ineffective gunfire off Karmus pier, returned in the direction of Van. On 2.1.2.34 (1918) the village of Ahlat and the following day Perhosi Village Southeast of Nazik Lake were occupied. Our reconnaisance column moving up to Abdal Bayazit Northeast of Nazik Lake; did not meet any enemy. In Mus plateau Muhacir Til villages (30 La) have been occupied. Reconnaissance columns moving in the direction of lower Kurti village did not observe any enemy indication in the directions of Muzu Sufia 46 Darayi 45 L. Snowstorm on this army corps/front.

 

2. Mamahatun in the 1st Caucasian Army Corps region was occupied by our troops on 22.2.34 (1918); however, a great part was burnt and destroyed. Security troops have proceeded to the Pelegoz 47 K Cinarkomu Vartik 48 F Pehceric 50 G line. According to information from peasants in the region, Armenian gangs reinforced by six artillery guns retreated to the East via Yenikoy 46 G on 21.2.34 (1918). During their withdrawal they murdered some 300 defenceless Moslems and burnt the corpses.

 

3. There is no change in the position of the 2nd Caucasian Army Corps.

 

4. Weather slightly cloudy and warm.

 

5. This report was delivered to the Susehri Telegraph Office at 20.00 hrs to be transmitted to the Supreme Command, Thunderbolt Group, and the 4th and 6th Army commands.

 

23 February 34 (1918)

Commander, 3rd Army

Vehip

 

DOCUMENT NO: 61

Third Army Command

Chief of Staff

 

Section 1

Part 1 No : Coded

 

Army Headquarters

 

To the Supreme Command

 

According to a report of the 2nd Army Command of 6.2.34 (1918), a Russian car going past Sansa was destroyed by the Dersim militia and an officer and an enlisted man in the automobile were killed, and their documents seized. The documents were translated into Turkish at the 4th Army Corps Headquarters. Among documents, in a cable dated 5 January 34 (1918) to Colonel Morel signed by First Caucasion Army Chief of Staff Vishinski, it was stated that the 1st Armenian Snipers Regiment arrived in Erzurum, though, in a weak condition, urging good relations with the Kurds. Another document confirms Colonel Morelas Commander of the Erzincan detachment. Copies of the documents will be submitted when reach the Army Headquarters.

 

23.2.34 (1918) Operations 1240

 

3rd Army Commander

General

Vehip Mehmet

 

Coded 23.2.34 (1918)

M. Kamil

 

Archive No 4/3671

Cabin No 163

Drawer No 1

File No 2908

Section No 444

Contents No 16-2

 

DOCUMENT NO : 62

Erzincan

125/150


27.2.34 (1918)


Hour: 0735 before Hamdi


To the 3rd Army Command


1. The Army Corps front was quiet on the 26 / 27 February 34 (1918) night.


2. Yenilkoy was captured on 26 February 34 (1918) by the Cavalry Company of the 9th Division.


3. Armenian gangs burnt 20 houses at Yenilkoy, Some provisions are available in the said place. List of kinds and quantities will be submitted later.


4. As was observed by our detachment Armenian gangs murdered 35 people from Askale before fleeing.


5. Weather cloudy.


6. This report was delivered to Erzincan Telegraph Center on 27.2.34 (1918) at 0700 hrs. to be transmitted to 3rd Army Caucasian Army Corps Command and 4th Army Corps Command.


27 February 34 (1918)


Commander 1st Caucasian Army Corps

Kazim Karabekir


Archive No : 4/3671

Cabin No : 163

Drawer No 5

Pile No ; 2948

Section No : 634

Contents No 11 -7

DOCUMENT NO : 63

3rd Ottoman Army Command

 

2.3.34 (1918)

Army Headquarters

 

Section 1

Part 1

 

No

Code:

 

TO: Supreme Command

Thunderbolt Group Command

6th Army Command

4th Army Command

 

1. No report has yet been received from the 5th Division of the 4th Army Corps front, and there is no change in the situation in the Mus region.

 

2. The Armenian gang reported by No. 60 in the 1st Caucasian Army Corps on Tilkitepesi - Karabiyik Inns - Karagol line were attacked by our advance units on the nights of 28/1 - 2 and 3 - and 3 - 34 (28/2 and 1-2/3-1918), gangs were dispersed and the line was retaken by our troops.

 

The Strength of the fighting Armenians was 400 infantry , 100 cavalry. reinforced by two mountain artillery guns. Before their retreat, Armenian gangs murdered some 30 women, children and men from the inhabitants of Tazegul. They partly burned the village before leaving, also burning Oreni village before withdrawing in the Erzurum direction. Cavalry reconnaissance columns followed them in the direction of Alaca 43 A.

 

3. A strong reconnaissance company from the 2nd Caucasian Army Corps was dispatched from Bayburt to Ispir, while troops advancing from the coastal line captured Rize. Reconnaissance columns proceeded from Rize in the direction of Atina.

 

There are only one torpedo boat and four ships in the harbour of Trabzon. Almost all of the Russian soldiers have been transported in the direction of Batum.

 

4. The weather is clear and cold.

 

5. This report was delivered to Susehri Telegraphic Office at 20.00 hrs to be transmitted to the Acting Supreme Command, Thunderbolt Group Command, 4th and 6th Army Commands, 2; 3. 34 (1918)

 

Operation (61) Husnu Lutfi

 

Commander, 3rd Army

General

Vehib Mehmet

 

Coded

2.3.34 (1918)

 

Archive No : 4/3671

Cabin No 163

Drawer No 6

File No : 2947

Section No : A-629

Contents No . 3-2, 3-3

 

DOCUMENT NO: 64

Documentary No.

Section No:

Signature of Draft Secretary

Date of drafting

Clerk No.

Section


Signature of Copying


To Acting Supreme Command

Date of Copying

Subject

Supervised (Signature)

Date of Supervision


To the Stockholm International Socialist Conference

From Beyoglu


According to reports from the Caucasian front, Armenian gangs have been murdering and inflicting cruelties on innocent people of the region. This verified information, supported by clear statements of reliable eye-witnesses, was also confirmed by General Odishelidje, Commander of the Russian Caucasian Army.


Armenians are entering every place evacuated by Russians carrying out murders, cruelties, rape and all kind of atrocities which cannot be expressed in writing, murdering all the women, children, aged people who happen to be in the street. These barbarous murders repeated every day with new methods continue, and the Russian Army has been urged to intervene to terminate these atrocities. Public opinion is appalled and horrified. Newspapers are describing the happenings as shocking. We have decided to inform all our friends urgently about the situation.


Deputy of Istanbul,

Socialist Salah Cimcoz

Deputy of Izmir

Socialist Nesim Mazelyah


Archive No. 1/2

Cabin No. 109

Drawer No. 4

File No 359

Section No. 103 (1435)

Contents-No. 3 --20

DOCUMENT NO : 65

 

Erzurum

 

21 . 3. 34 ( 1918)

 

Chief of Staff

of 3rd Army

Coded.

 

To Acting Supreme Command

 

Reply : Para. 2 of Code Operation 1156 dated 13/14. 3. 34 (1918)

 

The Situation in the cities of Erzincan and Erzurum which we have recently taken over is given below:

 

These two beautiful cities of our country which are alike in the calamities and .destruction which they Suffered, have been destroyed, as the specially designed and built public and private buildings of these cities were deliberately burnt by Armenians apart from the destruction guttered during the two-year Russian occupation, when the Russian army was lodged in the buildings Both cities have to be rebuilt as both are in a miserable condition.

 

At barracks buildings of Erzincan, the cavalry barracks in Erzurum, the Government building and Army Corps Headquarters are among those burnt. In short, both cities are burnt destroyed and trees cut down.

 

As to the people of these cities :

 

All people old enough to use weapons were rounded up, taken to the Sarikamis direction for road-building and were slaughtered. The remaining people were subject to. cruelties and murder by Armenians following the withdrawal of Russians and were partly annihilated: the corpses thrown into wells, burnt in houses, mutilated by bayonets, their abdomens ripped open in slaughterhouses, their lungs and livers torn out, girls and women hung up by their hair, after all kinds of devilish acts. The few people who were able to survive these cruelties, worse than those of the "Spanish Inquisition," are in poverty more dead then alive, horrified, some driven insane, about 1500 in. Erzincan and 30,000 in Erzurum. The people are hungry and in poverty, for whatever they had has been taken away from them, their lands left uncultivated.

 

The people have just been able to exist with some provisions found in stores left over from the Russians. The villages round Erzincan and Ezurum are in the worst condition. Some villages on the road have been levelled to the ground, leaving no stone on stone, the people completely massacred.

 

Villages far from the Armenian region maintain their existence, but every day groups are taking shelter with the armed forces because of famine. Let me submit to your information with deep grief and regret that history has never before witnessed cruelties of such dimensions. I would like to bring again to your attention, as I have also presented to the Ministry of Interior, the urgent need of the measures necessary to keep these people alive. The operation has been going on now for 40 days, and I would like to point out that the Moslem fighters saved from the Armenian cruelties are now facing the calamity of famine.

 

Operation

23 March 34 (1918)

Lutfi

Commander, 3 rd Army

General

 

Coded

March 34 (1918)

Hakki

 

Archive No : 4/3671

Cabin No : 163

Drawer No 5

File No 2947

Section No 628

Contents No : 3-1, 3-3

 

Holdwater: Horrifying, isn't it? Worse than the "Spanish Inquisition"..! History has rarely seen such inhumanity, save for the stories the Armenians made up with Turks as perpetrators, which evidently did not take much imagination.

DOCUMENT NO : 67

3rd Army Command

1st Section

Code

Army Headquarters


Letter to the 1st Caucasian Army Corps Command

Coded Message to the 2nd Caucasian Army Corps Command

(Coded on 25.3.34 (1918)


The 3rd Army is proceeding over the former border, and has now been entrusted with another hard but honourable mission which I am confident that this heroic army will successfully accomplish. In carrying out this mission, I would like to bring to the attention of my friends that communities with an advanced civilization are settled in the territories which our army will enter. It is the duty of the character and humane feelings of the Turks to treat them with protection and justice. The lives, honour and property of the people will be protected against any aggression while shrines, schools and libraries will be cleared without any damage or destruction. The people living here have welcomed us with open arms, waiting for our support and help. They are Moslems. Another part of the people is ready to cooperate and assist the side from which they will receive support, protection and affection. They are the Greeks. The remaining population is Armenians and Georgians. The enmity between the Turks and Armenians living in Anatolia does not exist in the Caucasus but even so it is not safe to rely on them.


People in Armenian villages and towns behind army lines will be treated in a way in keeping with the reputation of the Turkish nation, so long as they do nothing suspicious. Otherwise, quick action is necessary yet feelings of humanity and the nobility of these feelings must always be maintained. Officers and men who violate these principles will be most severely punished.


I expect to derive the utmost benefit from the Greeks living here. There are many Greek villages in territories extending from Karaurgan to Kars and from Barliz-Oltu to Ardahan. Information can be received from these villages on the organization of the Armenians, their strength, number of artillery guns, machine guns and rifles, and on stores of provisions in the whole region, as well as in Kars and Sarikamis. Let me repeat once more that the interests and policies of our state require an attitude completely just and true.


Commander, 3rd Army

General


Archive No : 4/3671

Cabin No : 161

Drawer No 1

File No 2914

Section No 477

Contents No : 67-2, 67-3

DOCUMENT NO : 67

 

3rd Army Command

Army Headquarters

29.3.34 (1918)

Section 1

 

Group Command

 

Contents of the report by the Armenian Forces Commander in Erzurum General Antranik written to the Caucasian Army Commissioner General Odishelidje from Koprukoy on February 27 at 22.0 hrs. upon the fall of Erzurum, and as published in the Caucasian newspaper Kabasluv, are summarised below:

 

1. The fleeing of Caucasian Armenian soldiers to their homes, and lack of officers and organization of Turkey's Armenians, has led to the fall of Erzurum in an unexpectedly short time. Our 3.000 infantry in Erzurum, rushed to train cars and fled to Sarikamis, disobeying the orders of their officers. Armenians in Hinis and its vicinity are ordered to withdraw to Karaurgan and prepare for positions there. The position of our men in Erzurum and their fleeing to Sankamis gives the impression that defence was not possible. In the last part of the Report, Antranik says he had informed me by radio message that peace talks have started in Trabzon and that he had ordered his men to withdraw from the border, and that he had applied to me expecting that Turkish soldiers would not cross the border pending the result of the talks, but such an application has not been made to me.

 

2. In a later issue of the same newspaper, it was reported that General Antranik has submitted his resignation to the Special British-American Council dealing with the Armenian Organization in Tiflis.

 

3.. The papers also refer to the Georgian Army Corps Commander General Gabayev as Georgian Commander-in-Chief.

 

4. In its issue of 8.3.34 (1918) the newspaper Kabasluv reports that the 4th Georgian Regiment has been sent to Kobotesli east to Curuksu, without completing its organization and arrangements for its provisions to protect the railroad, and that the Regiment Commander remained in Batum.

 

29.3.34(1918)

Operation

Nazmi

 

Commander, 3rd Army

General

Vehip Mehrnet

 

Archive No : 4/3671

Cabin No . 163

Drawer No : 5

File No . 2948

Section No : 632

Contents No : 6-2, 6-3

 

DOCUMENT NO : 68

From Kutek

29.3.34 (1918)


To the Armenian Community of Kars


Gentlemen,


It is the greatest desire of the [Ottoman] Turkish Government that we, with our children, should live with you in comfort and safety. But do not be misled by the deceit of cruel Ottoman Armenians who resorted to most brutal torture and cruelties against the women and children of a nation with whom they lived together for 600 years. Their hands are bloody, their faces are stained. It is not possible to see the crimes they committed against women, children, old people and not condemn them. There is no life, dignity or property left in places where they have passed through.


The Turkish Army will absolutely crush them and take the revenge of thousands of innocent people whom they murdered and burnt. We are well aware that your feelings of civilisation and humanity are at a level which will condemn these barbarians and not help them. If you receive us with goodwill, as a Turkish man, I hereby solemnly promise you a happy life. I am looking forward to your reply before we proceed to find out those responsible, in order not to make any mistake.


Commander Army Corps

(Signature)

Kazim Karabekir


Archive No : 4/3671

Cabin No : 161

Drawer No 1

File No 2914

Section No 477

Contents No : 52-3

DOCUMENT NO : 69

 

1.4.34 (1918)

 

To the 4th Army Command

 

Code.

Reply to code 3/34

 

Please be advised that from the date of the liberation of Erzurum 12 March 34 (1918) until 20 March 34, in the city of Erzurum alone the corpses of 2,127 Moslem males murdered by Armenians were found. Searches continue and your command will be further informed about any others found.

 

Lutfi

 

Archive No 4/3671

Cabin No : 163

Drawer No : 5

File No 2947

Section No 628

Contents No : 3-4

DOCUMENT NO : 70

3rd Army Command

Section 1 No :


Army Headquarters:

20.4.34 (1918)


To The Acting Supreme Command


In its advance operation to liberate her territories occupied by the enemy and and to protect our cities-in the region known as the "Three Provinces" (Kars, Ardahan and Artvin) from destruction by the enemy, the Ottoman Army has been treating the population of the area with no discrimination of kind, religious or sect protecting the lives, property and dignity of all in accordance with the principles of the cannon law, doing everything that is possible to secure their loyalty to the just Ottoman Government.


Upon receiving reliable information on the provocations of Armenian committees such as Dashnaksagan, creating confusion among the Armenian and Greek population of the "Three Provinces," forcing them to migrate to inner parts of the country, leaflets were immediately distributed in the region, assuring the people that the Ottoman Army would guarantee their lives, properties and dignity with no discrimination, and that there would be no aggression towards any of them, urging these people not to be influenced by the provocations of the above Committees. Accordingly, some of the Armenian and Greek families did not abandon their places, and remained in their homes. The number of those welcoming the Ottoman Army and taking shelter under its protection is every day increasing.


Some 1500 Armenians from among the above people remained in Ardahan and were treated by the Army in the best manner, their security guaranteed, and their food and other needs met by us. Some of the Greek people who earlier abandoned their homes to migrate to other parts of the land, returned. All loyal people in the lands to be liberated will be treated equally.


Submitted to 2nd Section

25.4.34 (1918)

Deputy Chief of Operations

Hulusi


Commander, Third Army

General

Vehip


Archive No 1/2

Cabin No 109

Drawer No 4

File No 359

Section No 1435

Contents No 3-31, 3-32


Holdwater: The irony is that the Turks were so good... and so humane. How criminal that a segment of the real perpetrators have succeeded, with their relentless propaganda, in getting an already bigoted world to swallow the opposite picture.

DOCUMENT NO : 71

752/4/5

 

URGENT TELEGRAPH

 

To Mr. Seyfi

Chief of Section at General Headquarters in Istanbul

 

Origin : Erzincan

No : 4626

Words : 100

Received : 1 May 34 (1918)

Location :

Hour : 0900

Signature : (Not clear)

 

Originated

334 0900

(1 May 34) (1918)

 

All villages from Trabzon up to Erzincan are piles of debris. A great percentage of. the villages were burnt to the ground by Armenians during the Russian evacuation. Villagers are suffering more from the non- Moslem population than the Russians. Cemeteries were turned into theatres by Russians. Mosques are full of fertilizers, obscene pictures painted on their walls. Fruit trees on the Trabzon-Erzincan road are cut down, homes destroyed, hungry women are begging on the roads. Christian villages have been protected. Erzincan is a scene of tragedy. Wells are full of the corpses of Moslems. Dismembered bodies, hands, legs, heads are still spread all over the gardens of the homes. The gates of the most decorated Armenian houses are covered with blood. A great part of the Moslem population was locked in the houses by Armenians and slaughtered in the entrances. The city is destroyed.

 

General Headquarters, Head of 2nd Section

Captain

Ahmet Refik

 

Archive No 1/2

Cabin No 109

Drawer No 4

File No 359

Section No 1023 (1435)

Contents No 3-36

DOCUMENT NO : 72

138

General Headquarters


2/5/34 (1918)


TELEGRAPH


To Mr. Seyfi

Director of Second Section


Origin : Erzincan

No : 4703

Words : 200

Received : (Not clear)

Location : (Not clear)

Hour : 12.00

Signature


For two months, the burying of the Moslem dead could not be completed. The total number of corpses found in wells or ditches is at present 606. These are the poor people who could not withdraw to Anatolia upon Russian occupation. Many of them were killed after their hands had been tied by telephone cables. All the corpses recovered from wells are decayed. Bayonet wounds are observed in the breasts of most of them. Recovered bodies were brought to the mosque square, those identified by relatives were delivered to them. The total population of Erzincan now is between three and four thousand. They are bare-footed, naked, hungry, almost starving. During our four day stay in Erzincan, journalists could visit the scenes of cruelties and atrocities for only half an hour. They have also visited the Armenian church and cemetery. They ignore the corpses. I had photographs taken of the condition of the heads of the corpses and the burns on them. As former German Consul in Erzurum Anders accompanies them, but it was not possible to take journalists to the sites which they ought to look at. They are mostly interested in the markets.


General Headquarters, Head Chief Second

Section Ahmet Refik

(4/5 to be transmitted to Foreign Office)


Archive No 1/2

Cabin No 109

Drawer No 4

File No 359

Section No 1023 (1435)

Contents No 3-37, 3-38

DOCUMENT NO : 73

 

File of War Documents

 

COPY

 

To General Perjovalsky, Commander in Chief

of the Russian-Caucasian Army

 

Dear General,

 

The withdrawal of the Russian troops from the territories behind the Russian intermediary front, resulted in the deliverance of the Turkish population of the region into the hands of the cruel Armenians, and the total disruption of peace and order within the region.

 

The incidents of murder and inhuman acts committed by the Armenians on various dates have been increasing day by day and according to the information I have received, the regions of Erzincan, Ardase, Gumushane, Vakfikebir. and Polathane are now turning into centres of massacre.

 

I have learnt with a great sorrow that the city of Erzincan witnessed a great number of terrifying events on the night of 15-16 January, from the message delivered via telephone, bearing the signature of Captain Chaplikiri, and which had been sent by the Commander of the Erzincan Military Units Colonel (GS) Morel to the Russian members of the Refahiye Armistice Commission. This letter justifies the allegations that the incidents were caused by the wounding of a soldier by a (so-called Moslem), during the search of a house believed to contain hidden weapons and the sudden anger aroused among the enlisted men, resulted in the murder of more than one hundred Moslems (which were innocent people) and the burning down of a house.

 

Though the Russian troops are no longer in Erzincan, and though the Armenian renegade Murat (from Sivas),(who has violated the peace in the provinces of Erzurum, Van and especially Bitlis, with acts and of brigandry and of slaughter, so has been convicted to death in his absence by the Ottoman courts) had taken over the administration with his gang, though Colonel Morel did not have the authority to ban activities of this sort, though this incident is only the continuation of the series of incidents described earlier in my letters dated 24.12.33, 22.1.34, 39.1.34, 2.2.34, and numbered 7312, 632, 738,816, and reflected the Armenian schemes, carefully planned, that plotted the annihilation of the Ottoman Turkish population through arson, murder, pillage; and rape; and though I wholeheartedly believe in the goodwill of the High Commanders of the Russian Army, it is proved and justified that .these acts of anarchy cannot be controlled for unavoidable reasons. It is also a fact that similar incidents are increasing day by day.

 

The telegram sent by Colonel Morel to Captain Chaplikin carried the following sentence. "I am obliged to adopt some punitive measures by burning down the villages of those who support Kurdish brigand gangs, who are continuously attacking the soldiers, transport vehicles and stores situated on the road between Erzurum and Erzincan." This effectively silences the complaints against the measures implemented by the necessity of the military circumstances.

 

Since the burning of the villages does not comply with the military circumstances, and as I have explained before, though I hold the belief that these acts of arson were mainly committed by the Armenians and were intended to be seen as unpremeditated acts, I personally am convinced that in a period of a strong reapproachment between the Ottomans and the Russians, at a time of an establishment of a mutual confidence between the two nations. Such acts of murder and pillage, committed by the Armenian renegades, might be rumoured to be the work of the Russian soldiers, and this damaging and undesirable situation might result in the dissolution of the existing confidence and positive relations between the two countries. Thus, I kindly beg his Excellency, to justify my conviction that the allegations concerning this mistaken belief must be avoided through the implementation of all necessary measures.

 

The telegram which I have received from the Turkish and Russian members of the joint Armistice Commission in Kelkit indicates that the Commanders of the Army Corps and troops left Kelkit on 4.2.1918 and that their presence had been more grievous than the oppression and mistreatment suffered by the Islamic population from the Armenians; it also emphasizes that as no Russian soldiers are left in Kelkit, the Commission members have requested the conveyance of some Ottoman troops for the protection of the goods left in the stores in and around Kelkit. This request was prepared by the members of the Armistrice Commission and is signed by the members.

 

The telegram, sent: by Colonel Morel to Captain Chaplikin. and the above-mentioned document prepared by the Armistice Commission members have been enclosed in this letter and it is realised that the territories evacuated by the Russian soldiers must be improved by the implementation of urgent measures and decisions on behalf of the whole of humanity and civilisation.

 

I hereby announce that I am urged to send some troops of the two armies under my command, solely for the protection of the security of life and property of the Ottoman citizens who are unfortunately suffering from great oppression and mistreatment, in spite of the goodwill and sincerity of the Russian Supreme Command Commission, and for the establishment of order within the zones evacuated by the Russian troops. I would like to emphasize that my decision must not be interpreted as an act of enmity or hostility towards the Russian Army, and that I have given strict orders to my commanders concerning the avoidance of clash of any sort with the troops of the Russian Army and to act with full friendship and sincerity whenever encountered by Russian soldiers.

 

On this occasion, I would like to explain, in the words of a soldier, that all the articles of the Erzincan Agreement save those that have lost their validity, upon the withdrawal of the Russian troops, are considered as valid, and I would like to emphasize once more, that this operation is regarded as a necessity ,based upon wholly civilized and humane sentiments and that it carries no other aims than what I have just explained. With my deepest respect, esteemed General.

 

Commander of the Ottoman Armies of the Caucasian Front

General

Mehmet Vehip

 

Archive No 4/3671

Cabin No 163

Drawer No 3

File No 2927

Section No 535

Contents No 27, 27-1

 

DOCUMENT NO : 74

Istanbul

General Directorate of Police

Second Section

Special 2183


To Istanbul Chief of Military Police


Sir,


In reply to your letter No. 2259 of 30 April 334 (30. 4 .1919):


Miss Vartanush in relation with Mr Saadeddin from the Sultan's family, by her own will and desire accepted Islam and was married to the afore-mentioned person. They have two sons, the first one year old and the second just born.


5 May 334 (5 May 1918)


On behalf of Chief of Police

Deputy (Signature)


Letter to the Ministry for mediation to secure decision from the Sultan's Family Council, as it was not considered appropriate for somebody from the Sultan's Family to marry a woman involved in prostitution. 14 May 334 (14 May 1918)


Archive No : 5/1922

Cabin No : 204

Drawer No : 3

File No . 4609

Section No 9

Contents No : 5

DOCUMENT NO: 75

 

Ottoman Army

Acting Supreme Command

Section

No

 

To the Third Army Command

(Copy)

 

In reply to Letter Operations 1031 of 13 May 34 (1918) :

 

1. Following the occupation by Armenians after the Russian evacuation, Armenians have burned and destroyed all Moslem villages and massacred the people. This horrible deed, was not committed only West of Border 93 (The border at the time of 1877-1878 Ottoman-Russian War) but also East of the border in Erivan, Gumru, Kars, Kagizman, Sankamis and partly in Ardahan and Ahilek in all the villages. The massacres are confirmed by documentary proof and evidence.

 

2. In order to carry out a detailed report of the cruelties and massacres by Armenians, investigations have to be carried out in all villages and regions so that all incidents are verified. Military troops in operations do not generally have the time and opportunity for such an investigation in detail and they have had no opportunity to investigate the massacres outside the operation areas.

 

3. Part of the incidents and occurrences investigated by military troops in the operation-regions are outlined below:

 

a. On 29 april 34 (1918), 3000 Moslems sent to Ahilek from Gumru on 500 carts, were completely massacred by Armenians.

 

b. Villages of Zarudsad (Arpacay) district and of Melik were burnt and inhabitants were massacred.

 

c. Again early in April, 67 villages of Suragil district were razed to the ground.

 

d. An Armenian force, 1000 strong, equipped with machine guns and two artillery guns in Kulp and vicinity, destroyed all villages in Kulp and Erivan region, East of Kagizman.

 

e. On 1 May 34 (1918), a 100-strong Armenian cavalry gang murdered over 60 women, children and men in Sibes, Tepe, Duzkent and region. On 25 April 34 (1918) 570 Moslems from Subusan village East of Kars were massacred by axes and knives and the corpses burnt. In Magisto and Alaca villages, over 100 women, children and men were murdered with the same brutality. All the inhabitants of Tekneli, Haci Halil, Kalul, Harabe, Dagor, Milanli, Ketak, Alaca and llham village were massacred by Armenians.

 

f. On 1 May 34 (1918) the inhabitants of Dangal, Acarca, Mulabi, Morcahit, Badigna, Havur, Koros villages around Ahilkeiek were massacred by Armenians and the villages burnt. Villages around Samran Northeast of Erivan and around Boguylu North of Kinefski over Arpacay were burnt and the inhabitants massacred. Many of our soldiers were prisoners of war at Kars and many in Gumru were bayoneted to death by Armenians in the presence of other Turkish soldiers.

 

g. In short, the majority of the Moslem villages of Kars, Sarikamis Erivan, Ahilkelek, and Kagizman have been destroyed by Armenians.

 

h. The above are only a small part of the crimes of Armenians in the region. But these can be viewed as examples of the overall scene. Further investigations are being conducted as far as possible. Other details will be submitted when available.

 

16.5.34 (1918)

Group Commander

Brig. Gen.

Sevki

 

Archive No 1 - 65

Cabin No : 149

Drawer No: 4

File No : 1847

Section No : 61 (89)

Contents No : 7-14, 7-15

 

DOCUMENT NO : 76

Lt. Colonel Seyfi

General Headquarters, Second Section.

Istanbul


Batum 8 298 22 1


"Neues Wiener Tagblatt" - Vienna, "Pester Lloyd" "Local Anzliger" Berlin, "Algemeen Handelsblat" - Amsterdam, "Vakit" Istanbul. I have been closely following for two weeks the withdrawal of Russians and Armenians from Turkish territories through Armenia. Although two months have elapsed since the clearing of the territories of Armenian gangs, I have been observing the evidence of the cruelties of the Armenians at almost every step. All the villages from Trabzon to Erzincan and from Erzincan to Erzurum are destroyed. Corpses of Turks brutally and cruelly slain are everywhere. According to accounts by those who were able to save their lives by escaping to mountains, the first horrible and fearful events begun when the Russian forces evacuated the places which were then taken over by Armenian gangs. The Russians usually treated the people well, but the people feared the intervention of the Armenians. Once these places had been taken over by the Armenians, however, the massacres began. They clearly announced their intention of clearing what they called the Armenian and Kurdish land from the Turks and thus, solve the nationality problem. Today I had the opportunity to meet Austrian and German soldiers who had escaped from Russian prison camps and come from Kars and Alexander Paul (Gumru- Leninakan).


They have told me how Armenian gangs murdered 360 Turkish prisoners of war in Kars and Alexanderpolis . Russian officers tried to save the Turks and there were clashes between Russian officers and Armenian gangs. They, succeeded in saving the lives of some of the Turkish prisoners in Kars. I am now in Erzurum, and what I see is terrible. Almost the whole city is destroyed. The smell of the corpses still fills the air. (Stores left by Russians are now in Turkish hands). Although there are speculations that Armenian gangs murdered Austrian and German prisoners as well, I could not get the supporting evidence in this regard, but there is proof of murdering of Turkish prisoners of war.


Dr. Stephan Eshnanie


This is the translation of the cable from Dr Stephan Eshnanie. The original was delivered on 23 May 34 (1918) at 01.30 hrs to Cencor Inspectorate to be transmitted to the addressees upon the orders of the Director.


Signature

(Not clear)


Is it transmitted to the addressee ? Check with original copy. Transmit to Eastern Department, Special Section, General Directorate of Police and to Acting Supreme Command


Initials

(Not clear)


Archive No : 1/2

Cabin . No : 109

Drawer -No 3

File No : 346

Section No :. 427 (1385)

Contents No : 3,-52, 3-53

Holdwater: Dr. Eshanie was, in reality, Dr. Stephan Steiner.

DOCUMENT NO: 77

 

Written by Toverdohieyov

 

REPORT

 

This document concerns the attitudes of the Armenians towards the Turks living in the city of Erzurum and the surrounding villages from the date of the beginning of the Russian Revolution, to the liberation of Erzurum by the Ottoman Army, on February 27, 1918.

 

Although this report is intended to be a supplement to the history of the Second Artillery Divison of the Russian Army, it can be considered and treated as a document !h itself.

 

May 27 1918, Batum

Translated from the Russian by Cavalry Major

Mehmet Hulusi, from Intelligence-Department of Central Headquartes

 

The enmity between the Turks and Armenians, which has been well known in Russia and Europe for a long time, was not expected to have manifested itself once again, during the First World War. It was already acknowledged that the Armenians hated the Turks. Furthermore, the Armenians had always attempted to present themselves as an oppressed and tortured community, and had always succeeded in creating the impression of a community, cruelly oppressed by the Turks, because of the specific character of their racial and religious enmity towards those people not of their religion.

 

The Russians, who have had considerable relations with the Armenians, hold a somewhat different opinion about the Armenians. The Armenians are in fact a despicable community, without any significant value. These people can only continue their survival by exploiting others. Moreover, the Russian peasants have their own opinions about the Armenians.

 

I have frequently heard it said among Russian soldiers that the Armenians are as rough as bears. The Turks did well in dealing with them and have given them what they have long deserved. However, the Turks did not do enough!. The Turks should have slaughtered them completely. Among the Russian troops, the Armenians had always been considered as inferior. Those people prefer to do anything rather than go to the front to fight. The attempts at desertion among the Armenians and self-inflicted wounds to avoid going to the war have justified this opinion. The things I have heard and seen during the two months, until the liberation of Erzurum by the Turks, have surpassed all the allegations concerning the vicious, degenerate characteristic of the Armenians. During the Russian occupation of Erzurum in 1916, no Armenian was permitted to approach the city and its environs.

 

While the Commander of the First Army Corps, General Kaltiyin remained in power, troops including Armenian enlisted men, were not sent to the area. When the security measures were lifted after the Revolution, the Armenians began to attack Erzurum and its surroundings. Following the attacks came the plundering of the houses in the city and the villages and the murder of the owners of these houses. The presence of the Russian soldiers had prevented the Armenians from killing, so the killing was then committed secretly.

 

The Executive Committee of the Revolution, which was established in 1917 by the amalgamation of the enlisted men in Erzurum, began to search everywhere on the pretext of collecting weapons. Since these searches were not made in an organized manner, they quickly degenerated into plundering. Plundering was widely committed by the soldiers, This plunder was mainly committed by Armenian soldiers who had remained in the rear during the war.

 

One day, while passing through the streets on horseback, a group of soldiers including an Armenian soldier began to drag two old men of seventy years in a certain direction. The roads were covered with mud, and these people were dragging the two helpless Turks through the mud and dirt.

 

I tried to do my best to save those two old men. I told them to treat these helpless people like human beings. The. Armenian soldier, leading the group approached me with a whip in his hand and asked: "Are you defending those creatures? The Turks slaughter us everywhere. They cut us to pieces and you now defend them . Is that so?" The remaining Armenian soldiers took his side. During those times, the Russian soldiers were so demoralised that they had acquired the habit of beating and even murdering the officers. Thus, I was in a very difficult situation. However, when a troop appeared under the command of an officer, the Armenians quickly disappeared. The troop sent the old Turks away, without hurting them. Following the withdrawal of the Russian troops, panic became widespread, for people were afraid that the Armenians who remained in the area, or who came after the withdrawal of the Russian soldiers, would terrorise the Turkish peasants. The leading Armenians guaranteed that such a situation would not arise. Furthermore, they were claiming that an agreement would be signed between the Turks and the Armenians and they were doing all they could for the drawing up of such an agreement.

 

During the night, one tended to believe that a period of peace and quiet would be settled. At first, people almost believed in the guarantee given by the leaders of the Armenian community. For example, the mosques, which had become virtual barracks for the soldiers, were evacuated. Furthermore, the mosques were no longer to be used for such purposes. A (gendarmerie) depot was being established, consisting of Turks and Armenians, and the Armenians themselves were remanding the establishment of courts for the crimes of murder and theft.

 

It was understood later that all these were nothing but tricks and traps. The Turks who joined the gendarmerie soon. changed their minds and withdrew. The reason was that most of the Turks who were on night patrol did not return, and no one knew what had happened to them. The Turks who had been sent outside the city for labor began to disappear also. Finally, the Court Martial which had been established for the trials of murderers and plunderers, began to liquidate itself for fear that they themselves would be punished. The incidents of murder and rape, which had decreased, began to occur more frequently.

 

Sometime in January and February, a leading Turkish citizen Haci Bekir Efendi from Erzurum, was killed one night at his home. The Commander-in-Chief (Odiselidge) gave orders to find murderers within three days. The Commander-in-Chief has bitterly reminded the Armenian intellectuals that disobedience among the Armenian enlisted men had reached its highest point, that they had insulted and robbed the people and that half of the Turks sent outside the city had not returned. He told the Armenian intellectuals that they should prove their honesty and morality and do what is necessary, and put an end to the tarnishing of the name of the entire Armenian community if they wanted the region to be under their control.

 

Furthermore, he also said that at that period when the First World War had still not yet reached a decisive point and the agreement envisaging the ceding of the region to the Armenians had not yet been signed, it was necessary for the Armenians to convince world public opinion about their strict obedience of the laws and their commitment to the concept of liberty.

 

The commanders of the Armenian troops and the representatives of the Armenian community have emphasized that the violent acts committed by Armenian renegades were in fact tarnishing the honour of the entire Armenian community, that a group of fugitive Armenians were attempting to take revenge for the past incidents, but that certain Armenian intellectuals were strictly opposed to these acts and that they were attempting to implement certain measures to avoid further violence committed by such outlaws.

 

A while later, rumours concerning the slaughter of Armenians by Turks in Erzincan began to spread. We learnt the details of this incident from Commander-in-Chief Odishelidje. They were as follows:

 

The killings were organized by the doctors and the employers, and the act of killing was committed solely by the Armenian renegades. I am unable to give the names of the two Armenians, since I cannot remember them. More than eight hundred unarmed and defenceless Turks have been killed in Erzincan. Large holes were dug and the defenceless Turks were slaughtered like animals next to the holes. Later, the murdered Turks were thrown into the holes. The Armenian who stood near the hole would say when the hole was filled with the corpses: "Seventy dead bodies, well, this hole can take ten more". Thus, ten more Turks would be cut into pieces, thrown into the hole, and when the hole was full, it would be covered over with soil.

 

The Armenian responsible for the act of murdering would frequently fill a house with eighty Turks, and cut their heads off one by one. Following the Erzincan massacre, the Armenians began to withdraw towards Erzurum. A Russian officer, who wanted to protect the transport line from the attacks of the Kurds, had once attempted to get some of the Armenian troops inside the transport line. However, since the Armenians did not like the idea of entering an organized war, they attempted to burn the houses of the Russian officers while the officers were sleeping. The Russian officers extinguished the fire with great difficulty and most of their properties were lost in the fire. The Armenian renegades among those who withdrew to Erzurum from Erzincan raided the Moslem villages on the road, and destroyed the entire population, together with the villages.

 

During the transportation of the cannons, ammunition and the carriages that were outside the war area, certain people were hired among the unarmed Kurdish population to conduct the horse carriages. While the travellers were passing through Erzurum, the Armenians took advantage of the time when the Russian soldiers were in their dwellings and began to kill the Kurds they had hired. When the Russian soldiers heard the cries of the dying Kurds, they attempted to help them. However, the Armenians threatened the Russian soldiers by vowing that they would have the same fate if they intervened, and thus prevented them from acting. All these terrifying acts of slaughter were committed with hatred and loathing.

 

Lieutenant Medivani from the Russian Army described an incident that he witnessed in Erzurum as follows: An Armenian had shot a Kurd. The Kurd fell down but did not die. The Armenian attempted to force the stick in his hand, into the mouth of the dying Kurd. However, since the Kurd had firmly closed his jaws in his agony, the Armenian failed in his attempt. Having seen this, the Armenian ripped open the abdomen of the Kurd, disemboweled him, and finally killed him by stamping him with the iron heel of his boot.

 

Odishelidje himself told us that all the Turks who could not escape from the village of Ilica were killed. Their heads had been cut off by axes. He also told us that he had seen thousands of murdered children. Lieutenant Colo!nel Gryaznov, who passed through the village of Ilica, three weeks after the massacre, told the following:

 

There were thousands of dead bodies hacked to pieces, on the roads. Every Armenian who happened to pass through these roads, cursed and spat on the corpses. In the courtyard of a mosque which was about 25x30 metre square, dead bodies were piled to a height of 140 centimetres. Among these corpses were men and women of every age, children and old people. The women's bodies had obvious marks of rape. The genitals of many girls were filled with gun-powder.

 

A few educated Armenian girls, who worked as telephone operators for the Armenian troops, were called by Lieutenant Colonel Gryaznov to the courtyard of the mosque and he bitterly told them to be proud of what the Armenians had done. To the lieutenant colonel's disgusted amazement, the Armenian girls started to laugh and giggle, instead of being horrified. The lieutenant colonel had severely reprimanded the girls for their indecent behaviour. When he told the girls that the Armenians, including their women, were generally more licentious than even the wildest animals, and that their indecent and shameful laughter was the most obvious evidence ot their inhumanity and barbarity, before a scene that appalled even veteran soldiers, the Armenian girls finally remembered their sense of shame and claimed they had laughed because they were nervous.

 

An. Armenian contractor at the Alaca Communication zone command narrated the following incident which took place on February 20:

 

The Armenians had nailed a Turkish woman to the wall. They had cut out the woman's heart and placed the heart on top of her head. The great massacre in Erzurum began on February 7. According to the present rumours, the enlisted men of the artillery division caught and stripped 270 people. Then they took these people into the bath to satisfy their lusts. 100 people among this group were able to save their lives as the result of my decisive attempts. The others, the Armenians claimed, were released when they learnt that I understood what was going on. Among those who organized this treacherous act was the envoy to the Armenian officers, Karagodaviev. Today, some Turks were murdered on the streets.

 

On February 12, some Armenians have shot more than ten innocent Moslems. The Russian soldiers who attempted to save these people were threatened with death. Meanwhile I imprisoned an Armenian for murdering an innocent Turk. The Commander-in-Chief sent orders for the establishment of a court martial. According to the old laws, those who have committed murder must be executed.

 

When an Armenian officer told an Armenian murderer that he would be hanged for his crime, the killer shouted furiously: "How dare you hang an Armenian for killing a Turk?" In Erzurum, the Armenians burned down the Turkish market. On February 17, I heard that the entire population of Tepekoy village, situated within the artillery area, had been totally annihilated. On the same day when Antranik entered Erzurum, I reported the massacre to him, and asked him to track down the perpetrators of this horrible act. However no result was achieved.

 

At the club of the artillery officers, Antranik promised in front of everyone that discipline would be established. However, this promise was never fully kept. When Antranik and Doctor Zaverliev were sent by the Caucasian government to Erzurum to restore discipline within the region, the turbulence in the city somewhat decreased. In the villages whose inhabitants had been massacred, there was a natural silence. When the Turks proceeded towards Ilica, the arrests of the Turkish population by the Armenians began once again. Especially on 25 and 26 February, the number of arrests were considerable. On the night of 26/27 February, the Armenians deceived the Russians, perpetrated a massacre and escaped for fear of the Turkish soldiers. Later, it was understood that this massacre had been based upon a method organized and planned in a circular. The population had been herded in a certain place and then killed one by one. The number of murders committed on that night reached three thousand. It was the Armenians who bragged to about the details of the massacre. The Armenians fighting against the Turkish soldiers were so few in number and so cowardly that they could not even withstand the Turkish soldiers who consisted of only five hundred people and two cannons, for one night, and ran away. The leading Armenians of the community could have prevented this massacre. However, the Armenian intellectuals had shared the same ideas with the renegades in this massacre, just as in all the others. The lower classes within the Armenian community have always obeyed the orders of the leading Armenian figures and commanders. All the officers of my troops were Russians. However, all the enlisted men were Armenians, though they always obeyed our orders, although we had no Russian soldiers to oppose them, in case any rebellion occurred. Those Armenian enlisted men never attempted any murder. Even on the night of the massacre, although only one Russian officer was on guard at the barracks where the transportation vehicles were kept, none of the Turks in charge of the horses were murdered. It should be emphasized that there were only about 40 unarmed Turks in charge of the horses, whereas the surrounding Armenian artillerymen ran into hundreds.

 

I do not like to give the impression that all Armenian intellectuals were accessories to these murders, No, for there were people who opposed the Armenians for such actions, since they understood that it would yield no result. However, such people were only a minority. Furthermore, such people were considered as traitors to the Armenian cause. Some have seemingly opposed the Armenian murders but have supported the massacres secretly. Some, on the other hand, preferred to remain silent. There were certain others, who, when accused by the Russians of infamy, would say the following: "You are Russians. You can never understand the Armenian cause." The Armenians had a conscience. They would commit massacres and then would flee in fear of the Turkish soldiers.

 

Human conscience is created without a flaw, just like a precious jewel. It has to remain flawless. The Armenians answered all the claims of infamy and rebukes for the murderings of Turks as follows: "Did not the Turks do the same thing to destroy the Armenians? Our deeds are nothing but the revenge for what took place in the past."

 

The incidents that occurred only recently clearly manifest the real nature of the Armenian ideology. Nothing which is already done can be undone. The Armenians have sowed the seeds of havoc, but they have forgotten that they will ultimately reap the whirlwind."

 

April 16.1918, Erzurum

 

Acting Commander of Erzurum and

Deveboynu regions and Commander of

the Second Erzurum Artillery Regiment Prisoner of War,

Lieutenant Colonel Toverdodleyov.

 

Archive No 1-2

Cabin No 10

Drawer No 4

File No 410

Section No 1578

Contents No 1-12, 1-18

 

Holdwater: The above is actually the report of Lt.-Col. Twerdokhleboff. Another translation appeared in the memoirs of Jemal Pasha. More on the Russian officer.

DOCUMENT NO; 78

Wireless

No: 37


Gumru

20.6.34 (1918)


To His Excellency General Nazarbekov,

Commander of Armenian Army Corps at Kinakiri


It has been learnt from the statements of reliable people escaping from the Erivan region that the Moslem population living under the jurisdiction of the Government of the Armenian Republic are not yet free, and that many are still being killed by Armenian gangs, and their properties plundered.


As peace has been concluded and as the Armenian Republic has clearly indicated in Article 5 of the Agreement that it will absolutely prevent the establishment and arming of gangs in its territories, it is requested that gangs committing crimes against Moslems be disarmed and those responsible punished. With respect.


Chairman of Ottoman Negotiation

Commission and Commander of Army Corps

Kazim Karabekir


Archive No 1/2

Cabin No 15- 110

Drawer No 11-4

File No 401

Section No 1578

Contents No 2

DOCUMENT NO : 79

 

30 June 1918

45

 

To His Honour the Chairman of the Turkish Commission

Kazim Karabekir

 

A copy of the wireless message sent to me on June 27 by General Nazarbekov, but which did not reach me is submitted hereby.

 

Chairman of the Commission

Brig. Gen.

Trakopov

 

Secretary : Bektashev

 

Archive No 1/2

Cabin No : 15/110

Drawer No : 11 - 4

File No- 401 '

Section No 1578

Contents, No : 3 - 1

 

No 1008

27 June 1918

 

To the Chairman of the Independent Armenian Commission in Gumru

 

Please inform the Turkish Commander that Antranik and his entire detachments, which did not obey my orders and which have been dismissed from the Army Corps, are indeed carrying out very cruel actions on the people in the Nahdjuvan region.

 

Naturally the Turkish Commander knows that the Culfa Railroad area south of Kamerli has been long since under the control of Moslem guerillas. I intended to disperse them but I failed. I myself and the Government are doing everything possible to disperse the Armenian and Islamic gangs terrorising the people. I have already informed Turkish Army Corps Commander Kazim Karabekir of the situation. I wish for the same measures to be taken by them in the border region. Please also inform the Turkish Commander of the clash between Armenian, Turkish and Tartar detachments near Kobalsara and Eymanshalo villages. The clashes possibly started by a mistake. I also request to be informed of the time and location as well as the size of troops and purpose of the movement, in order to prevent the recurrence of similar incidents. I can assure you that such incidents will not then recur.

 

Commander Army Corps

Nazarbekov

 

Archive No 1/2

Cabin No: 15/110

Drawer No : 11 -4

File No 401

Section No 1578

Contents No : 3 - 1

 

DOCUMENT NO : 80

Eastern Armies Group Command No:

To be translated into French 110

From the Group Headquarters 2.7.34 ( 1918)


To the Chairman of the Armenian National Assembly in Batum


Article 11 of the Peace Treaty envisages the evacuation of Baku by Armenians and the transfer of Armenian troops in Baku to the territories of the Armenian Republic. Captain Husameddin, Mr Arzomanoy and their escort who were sent to Baku for the implementation of this provision of the Treaty, were reportedly unable to enter Baku and were forced to return to Tiflis. These Armenian forces, in cooperation with the Bolsheviks, continue to fight against our troops, burning the villages in the Azerbaidjan Republic, murdering Islamic people. It is requested that other measures are taken to separate Armenian forces from the Bolsheviks as laid down by the Peace Treaty and transfer them to the Armenian Republic at the earliest opportunity, and effective measures taken to save Moslem people from the destructive assaults of the Armenians.


Translated 3.7.34 (1918)


Acting Commander Eastern Armies Group

General

Vehip


Archive No 4/6520

Cabin No 170

Drawer No 2

File No 3188

Section No 50

Contents No 2-31

DOCUMENT NO : 81

 

Ottoman Army

Acting Supreme Command

Section No:

 

Coded message No : 2271 received by the Supreme Command.

From Batum

 

To the Thunderbolt Armies Group Command

 

1. The daily report of the 6th Army has not yet been received.

 

2. Armenians had murdered some 200 Moslems in the villages around Culfa on the 9th Army Front up to 20.6.34 (1918), and an Armenian force of 2.000 infantry men and 600 cavalry men, surrounded the town of Orduabad on the Aras river 70 km.s, southeast of Nahcivan, according to a document received from the people of that village.

 

3. This report No: 6 was delivered to the Batum Telegraph Office at 23.30 hours on 2 July 334 (1918) to be transmitted to the Acting Supreme Command on to the Thunderbolt Armies Group Command.

 

2 July 1334 (1918)

Commander Eastern Armies Group ,

Esat

 

Checked: 7/3 3/5.7.34 (1918)

 

Archive No 1/2

Cabin No 113

Drawer No 4

File No 528

Section No 1050 (2063)

Contents No 1 -14

 

DOCUMENT NO : 82

Ottoman Army

Acting Supreme Command

Section

No:


Coded Message No : 722 received by the Acting

Supreme Command From 3rd Army Command


1. The 6th Army Front was all quiet during the day.


2. 9th Army: A. No important incident was reported in the 4th Army Corps Front on 5.7.34 (1918). Information received from nine Russian officers and two Turkish prisoners of war enlisted men who sailed from Rumiye to the eastern coast on Lake Rumiye on a raft is summarised below:


One of the nine Russian Army officers is chief of Staff of Rumiye forces, a Colonel. Anitar fortress ... (decoding not clear). The .Rumiye forces is made of 6-7 thousand Armenians and Nasturi, equipped by six Schneider artillery guns, nine machine guns and 13 automatic rifles. There are two regular battalions in the forces one 300-strong and the other 700-strong. The remaining forces are made up of gangs and irregulars. There are a total of 206 Russian officers and enlisted men in Rumiye. Rifle ammunition is abundant but artillery ammunition limited.


According to statements by Russian officers, Armenian Nasturies brutally and cruelly murdered some 7,000 Moslem women, children and old people in Dilman and sone 3000 in Rumiye.


Armenian officers are going everywhere, calling on Armenians to take up arms The Armenians will continue the war against Turks, expenses to be financed by the British, they said.


B. A 30-40 strong Armenian detachment in an effort to advance in the 223 Regimental Region of the First Caucasian Army Corps Front on 6 July 1334 (1918) were repulsed with casualties.


On 2 July 34 (1918) the 2nd Caucasion Division was ordered to push back Armenian gangs in the Serdarabad Region, through the Aras Valley in the direction, of Sadaraka.


This Report No : 311 was submitted to the 3rd Army Command.


Further, it was delivered to the Baturn Telegraph Office at 08.00 hrs on 8 July 34 (1918) to be transmitted to the Acting Supreme Command and to the Thunderbolt Armies Group Command.


Eastern Armies Group

Acting Commander

Esat


10.7.34 (1918)


Archive No 1/2

Cabin No 113

Drawer No 528

File No 1050 (2069)

Contents No 1-15, 1-16

DOCUMENT NO: 83

 

Ottoman Army Acting Supreme Command

 

Section :

No :

Confidential

 

Coded Message No: 763 from Gumru to Chief of Staff of the Supreme Command

 

In a cable I received from the Caucasian Islamic Army Command, it is stated that in recent days Armenians have murdered over 100 Moslems in Karabag and blocked the way for 300,000 Moslems in the region, murdering women and children of Moslems who want to return thus necessitating a joint operation from Azerbaidjan to the Southwest and from Nahcivan Region to the Northeast for the protection of the Moslems population.

 

As the problem of the Armenia-Azerbaidjan boundary is not yet solved, it is certain that Armenians will annihilate the total Moslem population of Karabag in order to claim the extension of their boundaries. Therefore, dispatching of forces to Karabag is imperative in order to protect the lives of the Moslem population. Although it is not possible to carry out such an operation with sufficient forces before a solution is found to the Baku problem, it will be proper if the 9th Army dispatches one regiment for the protection of the lives of the Moslem population for the time being. Militia to be dispatched under the protection of regular forces from the Islamic Army may also be effective in the Karabag region.

 

Pending for your orders. 24 August 34 (1918)

To Mr Seyfi

Eastern Armies Group Commander

Halil

 

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Cabin No : 113

Drawer No 3

File N0° : 527 :

Section > :No : 7.1,5 (2056)

Contents ..No : 10

 

Holdwater: Interesting that the Turks were considering sending their army to protect the Azeris, a move that politically would have been too dangerous in 1992. Then, too, the Armenians massacred Karabakh residents and affected the lives of over double the 300,000 spoken of here.

DOCUMENT NO : 84

Martial Law Military Court

Temporary investigation Board


To the Chief of Military Police


Persons affiliated to Armenian committees are carrying on their activities under false names. This has been observed many times, even on the territory currently under our surveillance. There are those who carry their activities under three aliases, and those known by a different name in each place.


The name "Suren" was not seen in the attached list of identifications. But the name'"Sihak Efendi," son of Agop, underlined in red, bears the noted indications. As he is from Van, with a big mole on his nose, it is very likely that he is the person being sought under the name "Suren." His neat appearance, gentle and polite behaviour, are other well-known noted characteristics. These qualities also support the indication that he is the son of a wealthy family.


It is therefore requested that his address and photograph is sent from the War College from the period when he was a cadet. Registrations of the Army Corps and the 11th Cavalry Regiment must also be screened.


Chairman of Temporary Investigation Board

Major

(Signature)


The identification with two lines is possibly the brother of the same person.


Archive No 5/1920

Cabin No 204

Drawer No 3

File No 4608

Section No 6

Contents No 19-2

DOCUMENT NO: 85

Ministry of Defence

Department of Public Order

No 16077

 

Copy of the Letter No : 97 dated 28 August 34 From the

Ministry of Interior to the Ministry of Defence

 

An investigation and survey carried by the District Governor of Yusufeli regarding the cruel and brutal acts by Armenians towards the Islamic population resulted in the following information: Vahan from Sedins district of Hodicor Village, accompanied by his gang of 30 armed men, have cruelly murdered 36 people from Yusufeli, and 150 people from Ispir. Later, in clashes with the people of the region, 40 people were killed and 15 wounded. After raping many women from Demnurkot, Vasis, Netmah, Tuhki and other villages in the region he and his gang have fled to Batum and according to a letter received from the Erzurum Provincial authority today, they are still there. It is requested that 20 copies of his photograph should be sent and measures taken to capture him. Please notify us of the result

 

Certified true copy

23 September 34 (1918)

 

Archive No 4 - 6520

Cabin No 170

Drawer No 2

File No 3190

Section No 64

Contents No 3-24

DOCUMENT NO : 86

No: 120

1/889

Date: 5.9.1918


To His Honour General Halil,

Commander of Eastern Armies Group


Honourable Sir,


The evacuation of Armenian territories by the Ottoman forces, has also been approved by Your Excellency.


Your Chief of Staff, also expressed the desire that the Armenian Government should establish a borderline project in accordance with the Peace Agreement concluded in Batum.


In order to comply with this desire, the establishing of a border line from the summit of Alagoz Mountain running up to the northeast of Gumru was also agreed upon by the Gumru Joint Ottoman-Armenian Commission, but as no detailed information could be obtained from the Ottoman delegates, a decision was taken on the basis of an estimate. Accordingly, we have the honour of sending Lt. Col, General Vekilov and Lt. Markarsantisyantiz to Gumru to present you a sketch of border demarcation with minor corrections, running from the summit of Alagoz to Karakislali village.


As it will be observed by your kind attention, the demarcation project complies with the two articles of the Batum Agreement.


Relying on your promise, so kindly made, I take the courage to ask the withdrawal of the Ottoman troops from the borderline at the earliest possible opportunity. Please inform the Armenian Government of the evacuation so that we can replace the withdrawing Turkish troops.


Please accept my deepest respects Your Excellency.


On Behalf of Foreign Minister

Under-Secretary


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DOCUMENT NO: 87

Eastern Armies Group Command

No:

Gumru

3.10.34 (1918)

 

Copy

 

To the Eastern Armies Group Command

 

The Moslem population withdrawing near Cermanos, 65 Km. north of Sahbahti, in the Gokcegol region, following attacks from Armenians, comprises of 500 families. They gave the following information:

 

Bapon, the new Gokcegol Region Commander of the Armenian Government, carried out a surprise attack on Kizilharabe village south of Gokcegol with a 1000 strong infantry unit reinforced by four machine guns and two artillery guns, and after a one and half day clash inhabitants of the village escaped, their goods and provisions plundered by Armenians. An urgent solution is required, particularly for the needs of these people.

 

9th Army Commander

Brig. General

Sevki

 

Political and Military Representation in Erivan

 

A copy of the report from the 9th Army Command is herewith submitted. Such applications are following one another every day. Representation is requested in the Armenian Government for establishing relief among Moslem people and for. return of their properties and goods.

 

Commander, Eastern Armies Group

General

 

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DOCUMENT NO: 88

Ottoman Army Acting Supreme Command

 

Section: No: 3871

 

From Kars to Chief of Staff of Supreme Command

Attention: Mr. Seyfi

 

25 Date

 

To be referred to the Foreign Ministry

 

Confidential

 

1. Coded message order No: 2613 of 23.10.34 (1918) from the Prime Ministry was received.

 

2. There are no soldiers from the 9th Army in the Karabag region. The Army has no information on the Baku battles and the happenings there.

 

3. Since the conclusion of the Batum Agreement until now, in other words for 4-5 months, Armenians in Erivan, Karabag and Nahcivan, Georgians and Germans joining them in Burcali and Kiza region have been committing all kinds of cruelties on the Moslem population. Particularly in Erivan and Karabag, the Armenians have annihilated the Moslem population by massacres, plunders and by forcing them to leave. Up-to-date, thousands of Moslem families, have been forced to flee for their lives in starvation to the Kars region. Those who could not flee or migrate were annihilated. Files, documents and reports on this matter have been from time to time submitted to the Supreme Command.

 

4. The Gang Leader named Antranik, who has directed the Armenian policy of cruelty and brutality, has so far shed the blood of hundreds of thousands of people. Also destroyed CDNI (this part of code could not be deciphered) houses, still continuing the same destruction in Karabag. 2. The forces dispatched by the Islamic Army to Karabag is to attempt to prevent these atrocities. As a matter of fact, peace and order, even of a temporary nature, has begun in the region with the fleeing of Antranik and his gang, upon the arrival of these forces from the Arezbaidjan direction. These are the facts.

 

Claims to the contrary are just lies resorted to for political reasons

 

9th Army Commander

Sevki

 

Operations 5224

24.10.34 (1918)

 

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Contents No 26-7, 26-8

 

Holdwater: Yes, this is when the Armenians committed their other little "genocide" in Armenia that the Jewish Times found (in 1990) perhaps analogous to the Holocaust. In August 1918, probably for the only time in history, the Armenian government admitted its responsibility for the taking of some half-million lives. And look which Armenian "hero" gets the credit in the above report: "... Antranik, who has directed the Armenian policy of cruelty and brutality, has so far shed the blood of hundreds of thousands of people." However, the part about Georgians and... Germans?... taking part in the fray, if accurate, is troubling.