I remember reading a few accounts of how the Turkish soldier was percieved by the west before the Great War. I think the Turks lost to the Balkan armies in 1911 to 1913. ( not sure of the dates). The west seriously underestimated the Turk soldier. Gallipoli and the siege of Kut and the surrender of Sir Charles Townsend in 1915, proved the Turkish soldier was equal to the soldiers of the west.
I think the under estimation goes back to the Crimean War where Turkish troops were considered "sub-par" yet history seems to have become so engrossed in the actions of the Light Brigade that it completely overlooked th
Last edited by 03USMC; April 27th, 2009 at 20:21..