turkey 1939-45

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turkey 1939-45

Post by daveh » 25 Apr 2003 13:23

I understand that the Turkish army benefitted from axis and allied attempts to sway Turkey into their camp. I am interested in what equipment was provided.

I have seen reference to Soviet T26B models and BT5 s being delivered pre 1939.

I understand that some (20???) PZIII J and PZIV H were sent in 1942 and 1943 were any other vehicles involved?

Were any British or French or even US AFV sent?

Was any artillery or small arms sent to Turkey?

I believe the Turkish air force received a variety of aircraft including
30 Spitfires (Mk 5?), 75 Fw 190 A5, 30 Hurricane I and II and 45 Morane-Saulnier MS 406C.
What else did they get ?

Any sources on Turkish armed forces in this period - in English please - would be most welcome.

How often was Turkish air space / sea boundaries violated? Were these deliberate? I have been told Turkish waters were used by Allied naval vessels to help gain surprise on raids against axis held islands in tne eastern mediterranean is this so?

Did any aircraft defect to neutral Turkey? What happened to damaged aircraft that landed in Turkey? Are there photos available?

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Post by Korbius » 25 Apr 2003 20:39

Spit in turkish service.
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Post by Peter H » 26 Apr 2003 12:21

Near east WW2 Armed Forces,Turkey included:

http://www.members.tripod.com/~marcin_w/index-2.html


From Corbis.com
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Post by Korbius » 27 Apr 2003 12:36

Two fighters that have always been known as foes with each other:

Fw190---Spitfire
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Post by daveh » 27 Apr 2003 16:13

Thanks for the reference Moulded, every little helps :).

Great photos Korbius especially the Spit and FW 190 together thanks.

Does any know how useful the book

Tarnstrom, Ronald : ARMED FORCES HANDBOOKS: BALKAN BATTLES

is for Turkish forces 1939 to 1945?

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Post by Korbius » 29 Apr 2003 10:39

What period is the book in question covering? If it is on the Balkans I guess it wouldn't cover much on Turkey.

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Post by daveh » 29 Apr 2003 19:39

I have only seen the Tarnstrom book in a book list. The brief details suggest that OOB's or similar details are provided from the first known armies to modern times. The countries listed as being covered incudes Turkey (as well as the Ottoman Empire, Greece, Yugoslavia, Bulgarie, Rumania, Albania). I presume this means a few pages at best of OOB for Turkey 1939 -45. This is why I was hoping some who had seen it could pass on their comments.

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