The Kaiser visits Constantinople October 1917

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The Kaiser visits Constantinople October 1917

Postby Peter H » 12 May 2007 03:31

Kaiser Wilhelm visited Constantinople in October 1917 and also toured the Gallipoli battlefields.

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All of Constantinople turns out to witness the arrival of the All-Highest

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Postby Peter H » 12 May 2007 03:36

Previously the Kaiser had visited the Ottoman Empire in 1898.

The Kaiser enters Jerusalem,1898.

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Postby Peter H » 12 May 2007 03:44

The Kaiser's aide on his trip to Jerusalem in 1898 was one August von Mackensen.

Field Marshal von Mackensen also visited Constantinople in January 1916.Having defeated Serbia,his trip also showed the new land connection that now existed between Germany & Turkey.
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Postby Peter H » 12 May 2007 04:28

Film of the Kaiser at Constantinople

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid ... 6235266878


The Ottoman Film archives;

http://www.mokumtv.nl/ottofilm.htm



The Kaiser in Ottoman uniform
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Postby Peter H » 13 May 2007 03:25

The Kaiser and his Court:

October 15th...Glorious weather.11.30 at Constantinople.Ceremonial drive in a coach over the new Golden Horn Bridge and along the Bosphorus to the Yildiz Palace...Dinner at 7.30 with the Sultan.Very entertaining.The Turks drank only water in the presence of their ruler-or in this case their spiritual leader...
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Postby Peter H » 13 May 2007 03:34

The Kaiser,in Turkish service hat,at Gallipoli.
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Postby Peter H » 20 May 2007 13:32

The Kaiser at Gallipoli.
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Postby Niccolo and Donkey » 20 May 2007 13:55

Watching the Channel 4 documentary series "World War One", I learned that many Turks admired the Kaiser greatly, going so far as to believe that he was actually a convert to Islam and affectionately calling him "Hadji".

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Postby Peter H » 21 May 2007 08:34

Wilhelm visited the Ottoman Empire three times--1889,1898,1917.

Why his third visit took so long to take I cannot find why.

The Kaiser also promoted the view that there was a connection between the ancient Hittites of Turkey and the Germans as well.Something about a shared Aryan background.

He also funded the restoration of Saladin's Tomb after visiting the site in 1898:

http://www.oldamascus.com/saladin.htm

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Postby Peter H » 22 May 2007 02:34

Mackensen and Enver aboard SMS Goeben.

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Postby Peter H » 22 May 2007 02:38

The Kaiser's birthday parade,SMS Goeben, 27 January 1916
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Postby Peter H » 09 Jun 2007 14:44

From Hew Strachan's The First World War.

The Kaiser goes for a drive.
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Postby Peter H » 09 Jun 2007 14:48

Mackensen reviews the crew of Goeben.

Strachan gives the date as March 1916.
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Postby Chris Dale » 12 Jun 2007 17:33

Hi Peter,
Some great photos there, thanks for posting them.

Peter H wrote:Previously the Kaiser had visited the Ottoman Empire in 1898. The Kaiser enters Jerusalem,1898.


I'm curious, do you know much more about this visit? Who else was in the Kaiser's party? What the purpose of the visit was?

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Postby Peter H » 13 Jun 2007 04:30

Chris,

The 1898 visit was supposedly to strengthen Ottoman-German ties and lay the groundwork for the Berlin-Baghdad Railway.

Of interest as well:

http://www.lwfjerusalem.org/history.htm

In 1898, the German Kaiser Wilhelm II visited Jerusalem. For this visit, the wall of Jerusalem's Old City was opened at Jaffa Gate so that the Kaiser and his entourage could process into the Old City on horseback with raised banners. Today this is the opening which cars drive through at the Jaffa Gate. After the Kaiser's visit, he commissioned the construction of Dormition Abbey and the Augusta Victoria Guesthouse for German Pilgrims. For the construction of the Augusta Victoria, all building materials besides cement, stone, and water were imported from Germany. In the 50-meter high church tower there are four bells, the largest of which weighs six tons. When these bells were transported between Jaffa and Jerusalem, the road had to first be widened and repaired. The resulting cost was more than double the cost of transporting the bells from Hamburg to Jaffa. When the building was completed in 1910, it was the most modern construction in Jerusalem. It was the first building in the Holy Land to have electricity (provided by its own diesel generator).

The Augusta Victoria was originally a pilgrims’ hospice on the Mount of Olives. The building, which was named after the Kaiser’s wife, the Empress Augusta Victoria, only served as a hospice for four years before its destiny was altered by a major conflict. At the beginning of World War I, the Ottoman Army used the building as a headquarters under the leadership of Jamal Pasha.



A good link here as well:

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal%C3%A4s ... ilhelms_II.


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Peter


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