Zeitun Resistance (1915)

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Zeitun Resistance
Part of Armenian Resistance
DateAugust 30-December 1, 1914 and March 25-1915
 Ottoman Empire Hunchak
1st conflict: 20,000 Armed Armenian militia
2nd conflict: 69 grandes, 612 gun, 21 hand-gun, 70 horses[citation needed]
Casualties and losses
Unknown 60 Armenian militia for the first conflict, second unlisted[citation needed]

The Armenian militia of Hunchaks (Social Democrat Hunchakian Party) of the city Zeitun (Süleymanlı) had resisted on two armed conflicts, first from August 30 to December 1, 1914, and second on March 25, 1915, to the Ottoman Empire.

First resistance[edit]

The first resistance, which lasted three months from (August 30, 1914, to December 1, 1914), was reported that Armenians defeated all the Ottoman troops.[1] 60 Armenian militia died during the first conflict in a report.[citation needed] They helped fight and resist the impending massacre of the local Armenian civilian population.[2][3]

Second resistance[edit]

It is reported that on March 25, 1915 Zeitun was captured by the Ottoman Army. The date for the beginning of the conflicts is not known, but in a report from the Ambassador in Constantinople (Wangenheim) to the Reichskanzler (Bethmann Hollweg) it was claimed that the fighting was going "past few weeks" [4] There is no number of casualties given but 69 grandes, 612 gun, 21 hand-gun, 70 horses was listed.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Washington post dispatch. The Washington post Friday, November 12, 1914. ARMENIANS JOIN RUSSIANS (this is about Siege of Van) AND 20,000 SCATTER TURKS NEAR FEITUN (this is about Zeitun Resistance), '(see image detail for explanation)
  2. ^ Dündar, Fuat. Crime of numbers. Transaction Publishers. p. 129. ISBN 1412843413.
  3. ^ Payaslian, Simon (2007). The history of Armenia : from the origins to the present (1st ed.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 134. ISBN 1403974675.
  4. ^ Ambassador in Constantinople (Wangenheim) to the Reichskanzler (Bethmann Hollweg) pr. 13 May 1915 a.m.

    The authorities most likely presume that the Armenians from Zeitun have also been agitated by foreign subversive activities to put up armed resistance to the government. It cannot be denied that the Armenian movement has taken on a worrying character over the past few weeks, which has given the government cause to introduce severe repressive measures