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ÜSTEĞ. HASAN TAHSİN VE ALAY MÜFTÜSÜ MEZARLARI

 

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Also Hans Kannengieser in his "Gallipoli - Significance and course of the campaign”, Colonel Hans Kannengieser (p.134-135) realises the importance and influence of the imams & mufti's :

The Turkish soldier was easily contented and modest, it did not even occur to him not to accept the authority of his superiors.  He followed his leader Unconditionnally, also ahead into the enemy. Allah wills it.  He is deeply religious and sees his life as the first step to a better one.  Directly under the detonating grenades, shortly before the battalion enters a fight, the Imam, the army chaplain, normally delivers an address.  The impression gained is always a strange one, particulary when, at the appropriate moments  one can hear an “Inshallah” (may Allah grant it) from many hundreds of deep mail voices resound solemnly across the wastelands.
One evening, the jackals were howling already, I found the address rather long. The

 

 

 

 

 


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battalion was urgently needed at the front. However, I was careful not to interfere. It would have been ill received from a Christian.  The imams were often splendid people who had a great and good influence on the men and would take up a command, if all officers had fallen, even the command of a battalion.

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During the Gallipoli Campaign, battalion imams and regimental muftis carried out a number of very important functions. Continuously with the troops, they served to raise the morale, encourage shaken soldiers to resume fighting and at times even took part in front line fighting.  Going round between the firing line and headquarters, enduring the burden of trench life, burying the dead, praying over them, writing and reading letters and talking to the wounded; these spiritual leaders were unforgettable figures of the campaign

"Gallipoli Battlefield Guide", (Istanbul 2006), Gürsel Göncü & Şahin Aldoğan, p. 133