Posted 11 September 2010 - 07:53 AM
what was the standard Mauser used by Turkish Infantry during the Campaign with regard to Model , Calibre ,...
I've a feeling that this info already lurks somewhere on the GWF, but am pleased to offer it again – from 'Handbook of the Turkish Army, 8th Provisional Edition, February 1916, Intelligence Section, Cairo' original 1916, reprinted 1996, ISBN 1-870423-66-6 (dif. no. for the USA eds.)
"It was believed in the autumn of 1914 that the Turkish Army had about 500,000 7.65 Mauser rifles (later this is also described as being the "1903 pattern and short bayonet") and perhaps 200,000 9.5mm Mausers. It also possessed Martini-Henry, Martini-Peabody rifles to the number of perhaps 500,000, but many of these were very old (370,000), dating from the war of 1877-1878. It had in addition a considerable number of Remingtons and Winchester repeating rifles, but little ammunition for them. The supply of ammunition for the Martini-Henry and Martini-Peabody rifles was not believed to be very considerable; but in spite of the prophesies of agents and the confidence of some optimists there has never been any sign of any failure of ammunition for the 7.65 Mauser. The Turks have husbanded it more of late, but always seem ready to expend enormous quantities when meeting or making an attack. On the other hand their supply of 7.65m rifles, in spite of large importation of these weapons during the autumn of 1914 and the alleged purchase of many captured rifles from Bulgaria (footnote – Reports of the number of rifles so purchased vary with agents, from 35,000 to 200,000) was apparently insufficient. New consignments did not much more than cover losses or deterioration of weapons....
The opening of direct communication between Constantinople and Central Europe has enabled the Turks to obtain large quantities of Mausers and ammunition from Germany. The new Divisions in the Ist, Vth and VIth Army areas are no doubt being armed entirely with the Mauser....…"
re Magazine capacity etc the following may be of interest
"The cartridge pouches are of leather and are carried on the waist belt one on each side; they can be slipped on and off the belt as required. The pouch consists of three pockets, opening separately, the lids of which are fastened by a strap buttoning on to a stud under the pocket. To open one of these pockets is a very simple matter, being done in a second with one hand. Each pocket holds four clips of five cartridges, so that each pouch has sixty rounds and the soldier 120 rounds on his belt. With the thirty rounds carried in the pocket under the flap of the knapsack, the soldier has 150 rounds altogether on his person."