why so much cursing? it's not cool or funny
To stimulate my colon.
The British submarine HMS M1 in Istanbul, Turkey c.1919
Here is an image of Ataturk dressed as a Janissary soldier. The story behind it is he wore the outfit to a costume party where someone snagged a photo. The Janissaries were abolished and destroyed in the 1826 Auspicious Event. The image remains quite popular on search engines under the term janissary. via Ataturklegacies
Serio-comic war map for the year of 1877, with Russia’s infamous suction cups testing new waters by grasping a giant Ottoman tenderly, who pretends to not enjoy it, but we all know he does.
Hungry child gets a piece of bread from a soldier. Weert, Holland / Netherlands, 1918. Source.
An interesting article about a temporary truce on the Eastern front between imperial Russian and German soldiers, who declared a ceasefire to fight off a growing population of starving wolves. Click here for a larger version of the article.
Ibn Rushd (Averros), an Andalusian polymath; a master of Aristotelian philosophy, Islamic philosophy, Islamic theology, Maliki law and jurisprudence, logic, psychology, politics, Arabic music theory, and the sciences of medicine, astronomy, geography, mathematics, physics and celestial mechanics.
Averroes was a defender of Aristotelian philosophy against Ash’ari theologians led by Al-Ghazali. Averroes’ philosophy was considered controversial in Muslim circles. Averroes had a greater impact on Western European circles and he has been described as the “founding father of secular thought in Western Europe”. The detailed commentaries on Aristotle earned Averroes the title “The Commentator”. Latin translations of Averroes’ work led the way to the popularization of Aristotle and were responsible for the development of scholasticism in medieval Europe.
The Palace of Porphyrogenitus, Byzantine ruins in Istanbul, Turkey. Wikimedia Commons.
Adorable but deadly: Ismail Enver Pasha
Enver played a major role in the Armenian Genocide. He took the first steps to implement the CUP blueprint for genocide by ordering the Armenian recruits in the Ottoman forces to be disarmed and reassigned to labor battalions before their summary executions. While these instructions were explained on the basis of accusations of treasonous activity, the defeat of his army only provided the pretext for escalating a campaign of extermination whose instruments had already been forged and which now were unleashed against the civilian population also. Within the Ministry of War, Enver had at his disposal a secret outfit called the Special Organization (SO), Teshkilâti Mahsusa in Turkish. The SO was led by Behaeddin Shakir, a medical doctor, and its cohorts in the field were commanded by CUP confidants whose singular assignment was the execution of the Armenian population. These mobile killer units carried out the systematic massacres of the deported Armenians. Upon the collapse of the Russian front in 1918, the advance of the Ottoman armies into the Caucasus, under the command of Enver’s brother, Nuri, provided further opportunity for the SO operatives to instigate atrocities against Armenians in Azerbaijan.
At the end of the war Enver took refuge in Germany. A post-war tribunal in Constantinople tried him in absentia and condemned him to death. Many officers of the Special Organization were arrested by the British occupation authorities after the Ottoman surrender. While some were eventually put on trial and found guilty of crimes, most eluded justice when Mustafa Kemal negotiated their release in exchange for British prisoners. As for Enver, in 1920 he traveled to Russia and offered his services to the new Soviet regime which sent him to quell rebellion among the Muslims of Central Asia, only to see him join the Basmaji revolt as soon as he arrived in Bukhara. He was killed in action by Soviet forces.
Article via http://www.armenian-genocide.org/enver.html