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Htm 54 Ömer Halis s 70-73 Cover of Omerhalis’ book Ömer Halis [Bıyıktay], Timur’s Anatolia Campaign in the Seven Year Campaign and Battle of Ankara, Military Printing Office, Istanbul 1934 Map no 5 showing the exact location of the battlefield in the study of Omerhalis. Source: Ömer Halis [Bıyıktay], Timur’s Anatolia Campaign in the Seven Year Campaign and Battle of Ankara, Military Printing Office, Istanbul 1934, Map no 5 General Omerhalis at Melikşah village during one of his site visits. The picture must have been taken at the bath ruins.

Gained great success on the Çanakkale front during 1915. With the occupation of the motherland, he landed in Samsun on May 19, 1919 and launched the National Struggle for liberation of Turkey. He opened the way for victories in İnonu Battles. He was appointed as Commander-in-Chief on August 5, 1921. After Sakarya and Baskomutanlık Battles he was appointed Marshal on September 19, 1921 and was granted the title of Gazi. He announced the Proclamation of the Republic on October 29, 1923. He became the first President of the Republic of Turkey.

He expressed this to those close to him at various opportunities. Mahmut East Bozkurt in his book titled “Ataturk and Demir” noted “Ataturk was very fond of Timur. He was impressed with Timur’s military and political skills” 55 He noted that Ataturk told “if I was born in Timur’s time I could not achieve what he achieved. But if he lived in my time, he could have achieved much bigger successes”. Once Ataturk compared Bayezid and Timur. Bozkurt noted Ataturk loved Bayezid as a hero as well and he told “Bayezid was a great commander but when compared to Timur he is a child, a brave mad young lad”.

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