Wednesday, October 29, 2014

100 years ago today - the present day Middle East Crisis began.

Today marks the beginning of the present day Middle East Crisis.

Without any agreement of the Ottoman Parliament, ships belonging to the Ottoman Royal Navy bombarded two Russian ports in what is today Ukraine. These ports were Odessa and Sevastopol. Admiral Wilhelm Souchon was a German military officer.

The next day, Russia began its war against the Ottoman Empire.

World War I brought about the end of the Ottoman Empire, the death of millions of Russians, Ukrainians and Turks. Over 1,500,000 Armenians died in the conflict in what is today eastern Turkey. Over 5,000,000 Ottomans died in the agonizing collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the borders of present day Middle East were drawn by English and French politicians.

Galipoli became a house word name as eight months of cruel battle shaped the political destinies of far off New Zealand and Australia.

Today is a very sad day - but not as sad as the day that all the men in the photo made their attack on Russian war ships, and then faced their own deaths later on.

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