The Gallipoli Association Homepage
Forum Home Forum Home > Research > Individuals Research/Profiles > Bios of Central Forces Personnel
  New Posts New Posts RSS Feed - Selahattin Adil Bey
  FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Events   Register Register  Login Login

The Gallipoli Association Forum

Selahattin Adil Bey

 Post Reply Post Reply
Mal Murray View Drop Down
Admin Group
Admin Group

Joined: 22 Apr 2010
Location: Ireland
Status: Offline
Points: 2360
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mal Murray Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Selahattin Adil Bey
    Posted: 06 Jan 2011 at 13:53

Selahattin Adil Bey

Selahattin Adil was born in 1881 in Istanbul. He graduated from the War Academy in 1902 and the Army Staff School in 1905. His first place of duty was the Arabian peninsula where worked as an engineering officer at the construction of Hejaz Railway. In 1908, he was promoted to Major and two years later he assumed the command of the 2nd Infantry Regiment. In 1911, he was sent to  Bucharest as the Turkish military attaché, but when war broke out in Libya, he joined the efforts of the Turkish officers there organising and leading the local resistance against the Italians.


After the Balkan Wars, Selahattin Adil Bey was appointed as the chief of staff of the Çanakkale Fortified Zone. In this capacity, he played a major role in organising the defense of the Dardanelles, which proved to be impassable to the Allied fleet on 18 March 1915. He was also one of the key Turkish figures during the land battles when he was promoted to Colonel. For the remainder of the World War, he commanded the 12th and 13th Divisions. Following the armistice, Selahattin Adil Bey joined Mustafa Kemal's national movement and organised the resistance against the French invasion forces in southern Anatolia. After the liberation of these regions, he commanded the Second Army in major battles agains the Greek forces. He was made a General by then.


While Istanbul was still under Allied occupation, on 23 November 1922, the Ankara government appointed him as the Commander of Istanbul.  In October 1923, Istanbul was liberated and Selahattin Adil Paşa took over the city from the Allied forces. After the foundation of the Turkish Republic, Selahattin Adil worked for in different government positions and between 1950-1954 he served at the parliament as a deputy from Ankara. He passed away on 27 February 1961. The London Times announced his death under the heading "A Hero Died".

Edited by Mal Murray - 06 Jan 2011 at 13:54
Back to Top
 Post Reply Post Reply
  Share Topic   

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down

Forum Software by Web Wiz Forums® version 10.12
Copyright ©2001-2012 Web Wiz Ltd.