The fall manoeuvre of October-November 1910 carried out by the Ottoman army is at the core of this study. Field drills were conducted around the towns of Lüleburgaz and Babaeski, located between İstanbul and Edirne. The manoeuvres lasted for two months, included four days of combat and ended with a spectacular parade. This was a stunning experience for the military officials and the soldiers because these manoeuvres enabled them to analyze the field and predict the geographical conditions of the terrain. Hence, this study argues that it was a unique experience which revealed the capacity and the limits of the Ottoman army in a prospective military zone and on the eve of the Balkan Wars. The primary sources are the reports and letters written by Von der Goltz Pascha, the Ottoman works on the Fall Manoeuvre of 1910 and the archival documents kept in the Ottoman Archives of the Presidency of the Turkish Republic’s State Archives.
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Publication Date : July 3, 2020
|Chicago||Sabancı, Z . "Kışladan Araziye: 1910 Osmanlı Sonbahar Manevrası". Osmanlı Bilimi Araştırmaları 21 (2020 ): 47-67|