BATTLE OF DUMLUPINAR, TURKEY: Büyük Taarruz Ve Başkumandan Meydan Muharebesi [Great Offensive and Commander-in-Chief Battle].
A fascinating, extremely rare Turkish 20th century map by a military historian Hakki Tümerdem shows the development of the Battle of Dumlupınar, the last battle in the Greco-Turkish War in 1922.
Author: Hakki TÜMERDEM.
Place and Year: [Probably Istanbul or Ankara, Turkey, late 1920s or 1930s].
Technique: Lithography on thinner paper cm (inches) (soft folds with small loss of image in the folds, slightly-age toned and water stained) 50 x 68 cm (19.7 x 26.8 inches).
A magnificent map in Turkish language shows the development of the Battle of Dumlupınar, fought from August 26 to August 30 1922, between the Turkish Army and the Greek Army of Asia Minor. It was also called Field Battle of the Commander-in-Chief or Dumlupınar (Meydan) Muharebesi or Başkumandanlık Meydan Muharebesi in Turkish. The blue lines represent Greek troops and red lines the Turkish ones.
The battle, which was the last battle in the Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922), as part of the Turkish War of Independence, forced the Greeks to leave Anatolia by mid September. The Armistice of Mudanya was signed by Turkey, Italy, France and Great Britain on 11 October 1922.
The map was made by an author and a teacher of military history (harp tarihi muallimi) Hakki Tümerdem. Tümerdem was an author of several books on Turkish military history, published mostly in 1930s.
We could not trace any other examples of the map on the market nor in institutions worldwide.