Fourth Army (Ottoman Empire)

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Fourth Army
Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1971-105-28, Palästina, Oberbefehlshaber Djemal Pascha.jpg
Djemal Pasha and Fuad Bey (April 1917)
7 September 1914 – 26 September 1918
Country Ottoman Empire
TypeField Army
Garrison/HQBaghdad, Damascus
PatronSultans of the Ottoman Empire
EngagementsSinai and Palestine Campaign (World War I)
Zeki Pasha (September – 18 November 1914)
Djemal Pasha (18 November 1914 – September 1917)
Mersinli Djemal Pasha (September 1917 – October 1918)

The Fourth Army of the Ottoman Empire (Turkish: Dördüncü Ordu) was one of the field armies of the Ottoman Army. It was formed in the middle nineteenth century, during Ottoman military reforms.


Order of Battle, 1877[edit]

In 1877, it was stationed in Anatolia. It was composed of:[1]

Order of Battle, 1908[edit]

After the Young Turk Revolution and the establishment of the Second Constitutional Era on 3 July 1908, the new government initiated a major military reform. Army headquarters were modernized. The Fourth Army's new operational area was Caucasia and its many troops were scattered along the frontier to keep an eye on the Russian Empire. It commanded the following active divisions and other units:[2]

  • 7th Infantry Division (Yedinci Fırka)
  • 8th Infantry Division (Sekicinci Fırka)
  • 19th Infantry Division (On Dokuzuncu Fırka)
  • 4th Artillery Division (Dördüncü Topçu Fırkası)
  • Erzurum Fortress Artillery Regiment

The Fourth Army also had inspectorate functions for four Redif (reserve) divisions:[3][4]

  • 13th Erzincan Reserve Infantry Division (On Üçüncü Erzincan Redif Fırkası)
  • 14th Trabzon Reserve Infantry Division (On Dördüncü Trabzon Redif Fırkası)
  • 15th Diyarbekir Reserve Infantry Division (On Beşinci Diyarbekir Redif Fırkası)
  • 16th Sivas Reserve Infantry Division (On Altıncı Sivas Redif Fırkası)

Order of Battle, 1911[edit]

With further reorganizations of the Ottoman Army, to include the creation of corps level headquarters, by 1911 the Army's headquarters were Baghdad. Before the First Balkan War in 1911, the Army was structured as:[5]

World War I[edit]

Order of Battle, November 1914[edit]

In November 1914, the army was structured as:[6]

Order of Battle, Late April 1915[edit]

In April 1915, the army was structured as:[7]

Order of Battle, Late Summer 1915, January 1916[edit]

In Late Summer 1915, January 1916, the army was structured as:[8]

Order of Battle, August, December 1916[edit]

Between August and December 1916, the army was structured as:[9]

  • Fourth Army (Syria-Palestine)
    • VIII Corps
    • XII Corps

Order of Battle, August 1917[edit]

In August 1917, the army was structured as:[10]

On 26 September the Fourth Army headquarters moved to Damascus, dividing its area of responsibility in half, leaving Cemal Pasha answerable for Syria and western Arabia.[11]

Order of Battle, January, June 1918[edit]

Between January and June 1918, the army was structured as follows:[12]

  • Fourth Army (commanded by Jemal) (Syria-West Arabia)
    • VIII Corps (commanded by Ali Fuad Bey)[13]
      • 43rd Division
      • 48th Division
    • XII Corps
      • 23rd Division
      • 41st Division
      • 44th Division
    • Hejaz Corps

Order of Battle, September 1918[edit]

In September 1918, the army was structured as:[14]


  1. ^ Ian Drury, Illustrated by Raffaele Ruggeri, The Russo-Turkish War 1877, Men-at-Arms 277, Ospray Publishing Ltd., Reprinted 1999, ISBN 1-85532-371-0, p. 35.
  2. ^ Erickson (2003), p. 17.
  3. ^ Erickson (2003), p.19
  4. ^ T.C. Genelkurmay Başkanlığı, Balkan Harbi, 1912–1913: Harbin Sebepleri, Askerî Hazırlıklar ve Osmanlı Devletinin Harbe Girişi, Genelkurmay Basımevi, 1970, pp. 87–90. ‹See Tfd›(in Turkish)
  5. ^ Erickson (2001), pp.382–383
  6. ^ Erickson (2001), p.43
  7. ^ Erickson (2001), p.86
  8. ^ Erickson (2001), pp. 109, 126
  9. ^ Erickson (2001), pp.134, 154
  10. ^ Erickson (2001), p.170
  11. ^ Erickson 2001 p. 171
  12. ^ Erickson (2001), pp.181, 188
  13. ^ Falls 1930 Volume 2 Part 2 p.657
  14. ^ Erickson (2001), p.197


  • Erickson, Edward J. (2001). Order to Die: A History of the Ottoman Army in the First World War. Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-31516-7.
  • Erickson, Edward J. (2003). Defeat in Detail: The Ottoman Army in the Balkans, 1912–1913. Westport, CT: Praeger.
  • Falls, Cyril (1930). Military Operations Egypt & Palestine from June 1917 to the End of the War. History of the Great War Based on Official Documents by Direction of the Historical Section of the Committee of Imperial Defence. 2 Part II. A. F. Becke (maps). London: HM Stationery Office.