[FIRST HAND ACCOUNT OF THE SYRIAN AND THE SUEZ CANAL OPERATIONS DURING WWI] Parisden Tih Sahrasina. [i.e. From Paris to the Desert of Tih].

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ALI FUAD [ERDEN], (1883-1957)., Aksam Matbaasi., Ist., [H.: 1336] = 1920 AD.

First Edition of this extremely rare first-hand account of the Syrian and the Suez Canal Operations during World War I, by an Ottoman soldier and statesman. After his military attaché in Paris, Erden describes his return to Istanbul and his departure to Damascus to join the 4th Army in Syria under the command of Cemal Pasha, (1872-1922) in this book. He then discusses the Arab Revolt in the Hejaz and its possible effects on the Ottoman Empire (The Arab Uprising was initiated by Sharif Hussein bin Ali in June 1916 during WW I with the aim of creating an independent and united Arab state comprising Aden in Yemen and Aleppo in Syria against the Imperial Ottoman). After telling his views and actions of the Army in the region, he describes Jerusalem, the Suez Canal, and the wars that took place there. Ali Fuad gave new information about the reasons and results of the Canal operation, the condition of the Turkish army in Palestine and Syria fronts, the relationship between Turkish staff, and the nature of Arab revolt through his views and observations in Egypt, Palestine, and Syria front when he was Cemal Pasha's chief of staff. Erden was a Turkish soldier and war historian. After graduating from the Military Academy in 1903, he worked in the units and headquarters in Yemen, as the staff of the 3rd Corps in the Balkan War, and as the Paris Military Attaché. During the First World War, he served as the Chief of Staff of the 4th Army in the entourage of Admiralty Minister Cemal Pasha in Syria.

Original illustrated wrappers. Chipped on top edge and front cover. Occasionally foxing on pages. Overall a good copy. Roy. 8vo. (23 x 15 cm). In Ottoman script. 103 p., b/w plates (19 unnumbered b/w plates and 1 map). First Edition. Özege 16174. Kursun p. 51.