Osmanli Harbi: The Ottoman Fronts: 1914–1918


Osmanli Harbi: The Ottoman Fronts: 1914 – 1918

This title depicts the campaigns on the Caucasian, Gallipoli, Palestinian, Macedonian, and Mesopotamian Fronts during the First World War. Scenarios can be played either individually, or combined with the other frontss contained in Osmanli Harbi. The Gallipoli front should be part of a combined game with Makadonya Cephesi and Sina-Filistin Cephesi. All of the fronts in this title can be easily combined with the Eastern Front (Tannenberg / Galicia, and Brusilov / Gorlice-Tarnow), as well as with Serbia / Romania to simulate all of the fronts with Ottoman Army participation during the war.

Kalfas Cephesi – Caucasus: 1914-17

The Ottoman Empire joins the Central Powers in the World War. The Turks stop a premature Russian offensive then launch a disasterous counter invasion. Thus begins three years of fighting in the desolate Trans-Caucasus mountains.

Sina-Filistin Cephesi: 1915-18

The Ottomans attempt to seize the Suez Canal. The British advance across the Sinai to take Palestine from the Ottomans.

Irak Cephesi – Mesopotamia: 1914-18

The British move quickly to secure the Abadan oil fields with the Indian army. The Indian colonial government lobbies to push further into Mesopotamia, with Baghdad as the objective. The British forces move inland and encounter serious difficulty.

Gallipoli: 1915

The plan was as brilliant as it was simple. Rapidly seize the Dardanelles and place Istanbul under the guns of the Entente fleet. This simple plan proved difficult to execute. Poor planning, difficult terrain, and dogged Turkish resistance bring the amphibious invasion to a standstill.

Gallipoli becomes the birthplace of Australian and New Zealand national identities, as well as that of the modern Turkish army.

Makedonya Cephesi – Greece: 1915-18

Serbia’s imminent collapse causes the Entente to occupy the Greek port of Salonika. Combined British, French, Serbian, and finally Greek forces fight against Bulgarians and their German and Austro-Hungarian allies on a strategically important front.


From Alpha Ares replay- their Mesopotamian Front.
From Alpha Ares’ 2011 Duration game replay- their Mesopotamian Front.

From an Alpha Ares replay- their Caucasian Front.Their Caucasian Front.

The front line near Salonika Greece.The front line near Salonika Greece.

Attacking into Ottoman Palestine.Attacking into Ottoman Palestine.

The Mesopotamian Front. The Mesopotamian Front.



  • Scale: 20 km per hex
  • 4 days per turn
  • Unit Sizes: Division / Brigade
  • 840 Backprinted Counters
  • Four 34″ × 22″ Maps