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Caucasian Battlefields

Caucasian Battlefields
A History of the Wars on the Turco-Caucasian Border 1828–1921


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  • Date Published: March 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108013352

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  • The Caucasus region, which forms a natural boundary between Asia and Europe, has always been of great strategic importance. Russia's expansion into the region in the late eighteenth century brought conflict with the Ottoman Empire, creating a new area of contention between these two states, and the borderlands remained in a state of intermittent conflict until the end of the First World War. This volume, first published in 1953, discusses the four major conflicts which took place in the region during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Focusing on military strategy, the book describes in great detail battles, skirmishes and logistical problems of warfare in a mountainous and remote region. Illustrated with thirty-nine maps, it provides a wealth of information for military historians and remains an authoritative account.

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    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108013352
    • length: 690 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 39 mm
    • weight: 1kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 39 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Book I. The Russian Conquest of Caucasia:
    1. The historical geography of Caucasia
    2. The Russo-Turkish campaign of 1828–9
    3. Russian pacification of the main chain of the Caucasus. Development of British interest in Caucasia 1830–52
    Book II. The Caucasian Theatre during the Crimean War:
    4. Frontier operations, Autumn 1853
    5. Operations in Guria and Kakheti. Battle of Kurudere. Summer-Autumn 1854
    6. Siege of Kars. Operations in Eleşkirt region. Turkish invasion of Western Georgia, 1855–6
    Book III. The Caucasian Campaign of 1877–8:
    7. The Russian and Turkish armies in 1877. Failure of the Russian 'protective offensive'
    8. The Black Sea coast. Operation against Batum and Turkish diversion in Abkhazia
    9. Tergukasov's operation in the Eleşkirt Valley. The two actions at Tahir (June 1877)
    10. Battle of Zivin-dağ. Tergukasov's retreat and the relief of Bayazit
    11. The defence of Batum and the diversion in Abkhazia. Second pass, June-August 1877
    12. The Aras valley and the passes of the Ağri-dağ. Battle of Kizil-tepe. August-September 1877
    13. Battles for Kars: Yahni and Alaca-dağ, October 1877
    14. The Battle of the Camel's Neck (4 November 1877). Attempt to storm Erzurum (8–9 November)
    15. The storm of Kars. Winter operations in the Çoruh Valley, November 1877 to January 1878
    Book IV. The Caucasian Campaigns of World War I, 1914–18:
    16. The Transcaucasian frontier, 1878–1914. The German factor in the Middle East
    17. Turkish prelude to World War I
    18. War on the Caucasian Frontier, November 1914
    19. Sarikamiş: Enver's Caucasian offensive, December 1914
    20. The defence of Sarikamiş, 26-31 December 1914
    21. The defeat of Enver Paşa
    22. The consequences of Sarikamiş
    23. Flank operations on the Caucasian Front, January–March 1915
    24. Advance of IV Caucasian Army Corps and counter-offensive of the Turkish Third Army. Battle of Malazgirt, July 1915
    26. Lull on the Caucasian Front. Yudenich's new plans. September–December 1915
    27. The Battle of Köprüköy, 10–19 January 1916
    28. Before the storm of Erzurum, 20 January to 10 February 1916
    29. The storm of Erzurum, 11–15 February, 1916
    30. Consequences of the fall of Erzurum. Operations on the strategic flanks to end of March 1916
    31. Baratov in Persia, December 1915 to March 1916
    32. The Caucasian front to April 1916. Trebizond operation
    33. Anglo-Russian strategic co-operation. Baratov's advance to Kasr-i-Shirin, April–May 1916
    34. The Caucasian front to June 1916. Vehip Paşa's abortive offensive
    35. Battles of Bayburt and Dumanli-dağ, Fall of Erzincan, July 1916
    36. War in the mountains. Bingöl and Dersim, June-July 1916
    37. The offensive of the Turkish Second Army, August–September 1916
    38. The second Turkish invasion of Persia, June–August 1916
    39. The winter of 1916–17
    40. The abortive attempt at Anglo-Russian combined strategy, January–May 1917
    41. The Turkish invasion of Transcaucasia, 1918
    Bibliographical and supplementary notes

  • Authors

    William Edward David Allen

    Paul Muratoff

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