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    Miserable looking Turkish POWs captured by Russian soldiers.

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    World War One; military. c. 1916?

    Location of events unclear - could be Greece?

    Turkish prisoners captured by Russian Army. Various C/Us of Turkish prisoners of war, walking past building. The POWs wear heavy fabric wrapped round their heads, turban-style. The look cold, miserable and ragged. M/S of Turkish prisoners walking past camera, they are guarded by Russian soldiers in fur hats.

    POWs, Turkish Army, Ottoman Empire.

    Modified WPA record.

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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1910 - 1919
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:22:14:00 / 01:23:02:00
    ON 004 H

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  1. anadolutürk says

    One of the greatest disasters and disasters the Turkish nation suffered in history is the First World War (1914-1918). As a result of this war, the Ottoman Empire fell apart. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians were killed. Tens of thousands migrated from their homeland to lands far from their homes. Two hundred thousand soldiers were also captured. There are a few martyrs and prisoners from almost every family in Anatolia.
    Ottoman soldiers captured in this war struggled to survive under harsh conditions in the most remote corners of the world. About 70 thousand of these prisoners were deported to about twenty camps in the vast geography of Russia and Siberia. Many lost their lives in prison camps as a result of adverse weather conditions, diseases and starvation.

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  2. anadolutürk says

    Let us express with regret that our historians have not done enough research on these Turkish prisoners until today. Our literati also did not produce serious works expressing the lives and memories of the prisoners.
    As is known, the Russians occupied a large part of Eastern Anatolia in the First World War in 1914. They took 70 thousand people, most of whom were soldiers and civilians, who they captured, by walking under difficult conditions, to Azerbaijan. Here they filled 10-15 thousand of them on the island of Nargin. The rest were put on trains and sent to Siberia, inside Russia.

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  3. anadolutürk says

    First Camp Nargin Island

    Nargin island was the largest concentration camp in Russia's Caucasus geography. This was the last camp where the prisoners stayed before being deported into Russia, Siberia. The camp was a short-term waiting place for the forcibly removed prisoners, but there were also long-stay prisoners. The remaining were mostly junior soldiers and enlisted men. Officers were sent to the interior of Siberia with anxiety that they might escape.
    Nargin Island is an island in the Caspian Sea, about 3.5 km² opposite Baku. The island, which lacks water resources and vegetation, was used as a prison where Russia kept serious criminals before the war. There were a lot of snakes on the island, so it was also called "Snake Island". This place was named "Hell Island" by Turkish prisoners

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  4. anadolutürk says

    The barracks for the prisoners were made of wood and were extremely vulnerable to external influences. Their windows were shattered in strong winds and all the cold air filled the wards. The captives, who wanted to break the effect of the cold, were pressing pieces of paper and cloth into the windows.

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