Abdul Kerim Pasha
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|Abdul Kerim Pasha|
|Years of service||until 1922|
|Commands held||XI Corps, Right Wing of the Third Army, Third Army (deputy), General Rearguard, XX Corps, Third Army, delegate to Georgia (Tiflis), member of the First Board of the Military Appeal Court, member of the First Court-martial, president of the First Court-martial|
First World War
Abdul Kerim Pasha's first battle was when the Russian general Oganovski launched an offence into the hills west of Manzikert, in 1915. Abdul Kerim Pasha counterattacked against the Russians and defeated Oganovski at the Battle of Manzikert, and captured the town of Manzikert. However Nikolai Yudenich, replaced Oganovski, as Russian commander, and counterattacked, re-taking Manzikert.
Yudenich ordered a retreat from Manzikert, as he was outnumbered by Abdul Kerim Pasha's army, and Kerim pursued. Yudenich defeated Kerim at the Battle of Kara Killisse. Pasha retreated back to Manzikert.
In February 1916, Kerim suffered a major defeat at the Battle of Erzurum. After that, Kerim was removed from command.
In December 1916, he was shortly reinstated as commander of the XX Corps, which was sent to support Bulgaria and Germany on the Salonika Front, but already in May 1917, the force was dismantled and recalled to Mesopotamia, where the troops were urgently needed.