shippingsteel, on 16 December 2011 - 12:00 PM, said:
I haven't seen any shell cases yet, were they made locally.?
The Intelligence Section Cairo's 'Handbook of the Turkish Army'
Feb. 1916, lists several factories producing arms in 1911 and more factories turned over to war work from 1914
– quick-firing field guns & mountain guns and heavier pieces up to the short 15 cm siege piece. Also a small arms factory & carriage factory (woodwork)
By 1915 guns of 7.5, 10.5 & 15cm being produced with the aid of 'German specialists and many German workmen'. In August 1915 there were reported to be 2,200 men employed here
– small arms ammunition (Mauser) factory with up-to-date US, UK & German machinery. Also a shell factory producing (1911 fig.) 200 rounds of unfilled shrapnel up to 6-inch per day. By mid-1915 this was estimated to have risen to between 1,000 to 2,300 per day, with SAA of about 30,000 per day. Also by 1915, Grenades was now also produced here 'in large numbers'
In August 1915, there were reported to be 9,600 men employed here (but perhaps this fig includes the nearby powder mill)
Further factories brought in to war production included:
, Galata – shells, trench mortars & naval work (?). Employed 3,600 of whom 384 were German.
Anatolian Railway Co. Workshop
, Eskishehir, Anatolia – shells & SAA
Bond's Engineering Works
, Kirej Kapu, Nr Topkhané – SAA
Ferikeui – SAA
Fezhané or Govt. Cloth Factory
, Defterdar, Nr Eyub, Golden Horn – SAA; employed 1,200 (but this may incld. those producing cloth?)
German SS General,
moored in Golden Horn – shell
Jones' Marine Engineering Works
, Galata, between Customs and Topkhané – SAA and ship repairs
Jost's Engineering Works
, Galata - SAA
Kalafat Yeri Foundries
, between the two bridges on the Golden Horn, Galata side – castings for bombs and grenades
, opp. Galata passenger Custom House – foundry casting bombs & grenades
Oriental Railway Co.'s Engineering Works
, Yedikulé, Stambul - repairs to guns & rifles, plus SAA & shell production. Employs Germans & Austro-Hungarians as well as Turks
Stenia Iron Foundry
, Bosphorus – Steel shields for trench warfare; SAA & shells produced
Tramway Co.'s Workshops
, Shishli, Pera – repairs to guns & rifles; SAA & shells produced. Employs Germans & Austro-Hungarians as well as Turks
, Kurdistan – SAA
The usual caveats re 'intelligence' apply!
Hope that this is of some help