strong relationship between
The use of LP08 was probably reduced to officers and dignitaries but seems that was not used by the crew.
For sure, Enver Pasha was one of these enthusiastic users of the LP08.
The following information about Ever Pasha are from the interesting site: www.firstworldwar.com
Enver Pasha (1881-1922) served in
the dual capacity of War Minister and Ottoman Commander-in-Chief during World
War One, and was instrumental in bringing
Born on 22 November 1881 in
Constantinople (present day
In 1908 Enver was one of three
leaders of the so-called 'Young Turk' movement that rebelled against Sultan
Abdul Hamid, joining General Mahmud Sevket's 'Army of Deliverance' in marching upon
1913 saw Enver lead the coup d'etat
of 23 January organized by the Committee of
During the Second Balkan War of
1913 Enver served as Chief of General Staff and, on 22 July, seized
In 1914 Enver, Minister of War
since replacing Izzet Pasha in February (and having conducted a
purge of senior officers unsympathetic to the Young Turks), conducted secret
negotiations with both Germany
Of these only the former came to
fruition, leading to
Unfortunately these same plans led to a calamitous defeat on 29 December 1914 at Sarikamis, where much of the Third Army directly under his command was lost through casualties or capture. The Russians, under Yudenich, continued to inflict severe reverses upon Ottoman forces throughout the following year.
With his credibility battered at
home Enver nevertheless recovered ground with the defeat of the Allied
expedition to the Dardanelles
in 1915-16. Russia's withdrawal from the war, and the February
Revolution of 1917, presented Enver with the opportunity to lead the Ottoman
forces that occupied
The arrival of the armistice
and the end of the war - and with it the fall of the Young Turk
administration in October 1918 - caused Enver to flee in exile to
Disappointed, Enver left for
This holster is a rare evidence of the LP08 employ in the Turkish front during WWI. The very high quality of the workmanship and leather justifies that an Officer or a Turkish dignitary probably carried this holster. The holster here depicted has been described in several articles and books.
The above Browning holster was used in
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