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Gallipoli Campaign / Arabian Peninsula /WWI in The Middle East / Ottoman War Journal: حرب مجموعه‌سى [Harb Mecmuası]



A complete set of the richly illustrated Ottoman War Journal, issued during WWI, focusing in the large battles, such as the Gallipoli Campaign and the battles in the Middle East


Large 4°. 27 issues bound in one volume (issues 25 and 26 published together), 432 pp., later black linen boards, brown calf spine with gilt Ottoman lettering. Issue 1 with original additional illustrated front and rear wrapper, issue 14 with an interleaved colour plate, issues 19-22, 25- with additional colour front wrapper on thicker paper.

(Light age-toning and staining, later hand written number on the front wrappers, sporadic tiny tears in margins, narrow parts of outer and upper margins with loss of paper – only minor sporadic loss to the upper letters of the headers, otherwise without loss of text, issue 19 slightly stained from what seems to be old dried tree leaves, double issue 25-26 age-toned and with small tears in margins, issue 27 with light foxing and small folds).


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A complete series of 27 illustrated issues of a magazine Harb Mecmuası, meaning War Journal, was published as a bi-weekly by the Ottoman Ministry of War between 1915–1918, as a propaganda journal, showcasing the successes of the war.

The articles and numberless documentary photographs give valuable information on World War I from the Ottoman side. The text especially concentrates on larger campaigns, such as the Gallipoli campaign, to which most of the first issues are dedicated, the attack on the Suez Canal and the battles of the Arabic Peninsula.

Longer illustrated passages in the second part describe the siege of Medina, the Arab leaders siding with the Ottomans and the battles in Egypt. The photographs also represent the British POWs and shot British army planes. Most of the photographs were made on the field, and some, such as the views of Gallipoli and the Suez Canal, from airplanes.

References: OCLC 978233705, 942782894, 259921554, 949452200, 1030918629, 22475175, 834753115.

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