V Corps (Ottoman Empire)

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V Corps
Beşinci Kolordu
Active 1911–
Country Ottoman Empire
Type Corps
Garrison/HQ Salonika, Ankara
Patron Sultans of the Ottoman Empire
Engagements Gallipoli Campaign (World War I)
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Mirliva Mustafa Fevzi Pasha (December 22, 1913-April 1916[1])

The V Corps of the Ottoman Empire (Turkish: 5 nci Kolordu or Beşinci Kolordu) was one of the corps of the Ottoman Army. It was formed in the early 20th century during Ottoman military reforms.

Formation[edit]

Order of Battle, 1911[edit]

With further reorganizations of the Ottoman Army, to include the creation of corps level headquarters, by 1911 the V Corps was headquartered in Salonika. The Corps before the First Balkan War in 1911 was structured as such:[2]

  • V Corps, Salonika
    • 13th Infantry Division, Salonika
      • 37th Infantry Regiment, Salonika
      • 38th Infantry Regiment, Salonika
      • 39th Infantry Regiment, Salonika
      • 13th Rifle Battalion, Salonika
      • 13th Field Artillery Regiment, Salonika
      • 13th Division Band, Salonika
    • 14th Infantry Division, Serez
      • 40th Infantry Regiment, Serez
      • 41st Infantry Regiment, Nevrekop
      • 42nd Infantry Regiment, Cuma-i Bala
      • 14th Rifle Battalion, Yemen
      • 14th Field Artillery Regiment, Serez
      • 14th Division Band, Serez
    • 15th Infantry Division, Usturmaca
      • 43rd Infantry Regiment, Usturmaca
      • 44th Infantry Regiment, Petriç
      • 45th Infantry Regiment, Petriç
      • 15th Rifle Battalion, Gevgili
      • 15th Field Artillery Regiment, Salonika
      • 15th Division Band, Usturmaca
  • Units of V Corps
  • 5th Rifle Regiment, Salonika
  • 6th Cavalry Brigade, Gevgili
    • 14th Cavalry Regiment, Gevgili
    • 25th Cavalry Regiment, Serez
    • 26th Cavalry Regiment, Salonika
  • 5th Mountain Artillery Battalion, Katerin
  • 6th Mountain Artillery Battalion, Katerin
  • 4th Field Howitzer Battalion, Demir Hisar
  • 5th Engineer Battalion, Gevgili
  • 5th Transport Battalion, Salonika
  • Salonika Port Command, Salonika
    • Heavy Artillery Battalion, Salonika
    • Torpedo Detachment, Salonika
    • Searchlight Detachment, Salonika
  • Border Detachment

Balkan Wars[edit]

Order of Battle, October 19, 1912[edit]

On October 19, 1912, the corps was structured as follows:[3]

Order of Battle, November 12, 1912[edit]

On November 12, 1912, the corps was structured as follows:[4]

Order of Battle, November 16, 1912[edit]

On November 16, 1912, the corps was structured as follows:[5]

World War I[edit]

Order of Battle, August 1914[edit]

In August 1914, the corps was structured as follows:[6]

Order of Battle, November 1914, Late April 1915[edit]

In November 1914, Late April 1915, the corps was structured as follows:[7]

  • V Corps (Thrace)
    • 13th Division, 14th Division, 15th Division

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

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

  • V Corps (Gallipoli)
    • 13th Division, 14th Division, 15th Division

Order of Battle, August 1916[edit]

In August 1916, the corps was structured as follows:[9]

Order of Battle, December 1916, August 1917[edit]

In December 1916, August 1917, the corps was structured as follows:[10]

  • V Corps (Caucasus)
    • Coastal Detachments

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ T.C. Genelkurmay Harp Tarihi Başkanlığı Yayınları, Türk İstiklâl Harbine Katılan Tümen ve Daha Üst Kademlerdeki Komutanların Biyografileri, Genkurmay Başkanlığı Basımevi, Ankara, 1972, p. 54. (Turkish)
  2. ^ Edward J. Erickson, Defeat in Detail, The Ottoman Army in the Balkans, 1912–1913, Westport, Praeger, 2003, pp. 375-376.
  3. ^ Edward J. Erickson, Defeat in Detail, The Ottoman Army in the Balkans, 1912–1913, Westport, Praeger, 2003, p. 170.
  4. ^ Edward J. Erickson, Defeat in Detail, The Ottoman Army in the Balkans, 1912–1913, Westport, Praeger, 2003, p. 188.
  5. ^ Edward J. Erickson, Defeat in Detail, The Ottoman Army in the Balkans, 1912–1913, Westport, Praeger, 2003, p. 191.
  6. ^ Edward J. Erickson, Order to Die: A History of the Ottoman Army in the First World War, Greenwood Press, 2001, ISBN 0-313-31516-7, p. 38.
  7. ^ Edward J. Erickson, Order to Die: A History of the Ottoman Army in the First World War, Greenwood Press, 2001, ISBN 0-313-31516-7, p. 43, 86.
  8. ^ Edward J. Erickson, Order to Die: A History of the Ottoman Army in the First World War, Greenwood Press, 2001, ISBN 0-313-31516-7, p. 109, 126.
  9. ^ Edward J. Erickson, Order to Die: A History of the Ottoman Army in the First World War, Greenwood Press, 2001, ISBN 0-313-31516-7, p. 134.
  10. ^ Edward J. Erickson, Order to Die: A History of the Ottoman Army in the First World War, Greenwood Press, 2001, ISBN 0-313-31516-7, p. 154, 170.