[Original photograph of Hüseyin Hüsnü Emir Erkilet]
HÜSEYIN HÜSNÜ EMIR [ERKILET], (Turkish map maker, author and soldier), (1883-1958).
N. p. [ca. 1928].
Original b/w photograph. 9x14 cm. It shows Erkilet and two other men and a woman sitting around a table. Erkilet was an officer of the Ottoman Army and the general of the Turkish Army. In the fall 1941 he, along with General Ali Fuad Erden, visited the occupied territories in Ukraine (including Crimea) on invitation of Gerd von Rundstedt. From there he and other Turkish officers flew to Rastenburg to meet Hitler in person. In 1943 he published his essays on that trip under title "What I Saw on the Eastern Front". Being a staunch Turanist, he was briefly detained for Panturkic activities in 1948 together with some other prominent Turanists.
# Turkish military history Photograph