[ARABIA / YEMEN / MAP] Set of Turkish 21 military plans of Yemen and around, of the XL. Ottoman Division in the First World War (between February 25 - June 4, 1918) against the British and Yemeni forces
GALIB DENIZ, (1881-1953), Büyük Erkâni Harbiye Reisligi IX. Deniz Sube Yayinlari / Deniz Matbaasi, [Istanbul], 1935.
Original 21 chromo-lithographic maps printed on thin papers with "Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Hükümeti" [i.e. the Government of the Turkish Republic] watermarks. Various sizes (described below). In Turkish (Latin letters). Folded. Slight chippings on extremities, foxing, and light stains on some weak folding traces. Overall a good set.
Exceedingly rare complete set of the first military plans drawn by Galib [or Galip] Deniz (1881-1953) including twenty-one separate sheets, showing the operations of the XL. Ottoman Division in the First World War (between February 25 - June 4, 1918) in Yemen, Asir, and Sana'a against the British and Yemeni forces. These plans were published as supplements to the "Tarih Kismi" [i.e. History Chapter] of the "Askerî Mecmua"s 98th issue [i.e. Military Journal] on September 1, 1935. Galib Deniz fought as the Chief of Staff of the 40th Division against the British in Yemen and Hodeidah in the last year of the First World War.
These historically significant complete set of Turkish military plans for the historical geography of the region show the locations and names of Arabian tribes of Yemen, Al Hudaydah, and Asir during WW1.
Maps showing the fortification groups of the armies, tribes, zones, and zone's boundaries with enemy fronts and zones, are in scales of 1:50000:
1) Yemen's North Tahama (Idris) Front: Hacûr, Lühayye, Vazat, and Beni Camii Fortifications (65x50 cm).
2) Offensive of Beni Aisha (26x41 cm).
3) Preparing for the Offesive of Mor (34x50 cm).
4) Mor Offensive on May 20, 334  (34x50 cm).
5) Yemen's North Tahama (Idris) Front: Hacûr, Lühayye, Vazat, and Beni Camii Fortifications through Mughabasha and Muawasa (65x50 cm)
6-) Offensive of Mushaf Village of Ibrahim Guzguz on Apr 29, 1918 (50x34 cm).
7) Vazat, Bujiyah, and Zaylaiyyah Movements and Offesives (41x51 cm)
8) Offensive of Rudayni and the retreat of the enemy to Jabal Jud (34x50 cm),
9) Gathering the Bujiye platoon on Al Hudaydah and Shauyfi lines and preparing for the offensive to Luhyah (34x50 cm).
10) Capture of the fortresses of Nashiriyyah and Abkar Mukhai on May 24-25, 1918 (41x30 cm).
11) Offensive of Beyt al-Husayn on May 26, 1918 (45x36 cm)
12) Offensive of Subasi on May 28, 1918 (26x41 cm).
13) Offensive of Luhyah on May 30, 1918 (45x35 cm).
14) Movement to Cabrah and Hoba [with] The Offensive of Duraiyyah (Abulhalaq) on June 1-16, 1918 (50x34 cm).
15) The condition of the division in Abis and Jarb (41x26 cm).
16) The Raid of Deyr al-Mansur on July 2-3, 1918 (73x52 cm).
17) Preparations of the Offensive of Manazirah on July 6-8, 1918 (52x73 cm).
18) Preparations of the Offensive of Manazirah  on July 8-11, 1918 (52x73 cm).
19) Preparations of the Offensive of Manazirah  on July 11-19, 1918 (52x73 cm).
20) Offensive of Manazirah (52x73 cm).
21) Offensive of Rassas in the morning of June 3-4, 1918 (31x50 cm).
Overall, a fine military account of the topography of Yemen gives an insight into the region through the plans.