TRAJAN, on 29 June 2012 - 07:55 AM, said:
Great photo - but is it WW1 period? The soldiers are wearing fezzes, which (IIRC) were replaced from 1913 onwards by the bashlik cloth 'sun' helmet. That apart, does the newspaper indicate where the photo' was taken? I'm wondering if it is a 'stock image' from the time of the Balkan Wars...
EDIT: Just had another look at the photo' - can't see any bolts to the rifles, so are they Peabody-Martini 1874's, second type with 'sabre' bayonet? In which case even less likley to be a WW1 photo as theTurk's had bolt-action Mausers by then.
EDIT02: Further examination suggests this is a prisoner escort party or something worse... The guy dressed like an iman in the centre, between the two files of soldiers, has a placard around his neck, presumably a notice detailing his offences...
Thank you for your interesting answer and this information.
Yes i'm not sure that the legend was good or not, in my head I were thinking that this photograph was maybe early the war. I don't know the date of the photograph and was when the Balkans war, nothing by the news-paper, only an article about carpet sellers at Damas with a photograph of Turkish peoples (or citizens), young boys and men all around some old men seated on chairs. In this article, the person says in the text "same in the war time", after, other articles (or next pages) and not link, are a financial article, after two photograph of German soldiers (one in on the Russia front), and for the last page of the news-paper, two photographs in Turkey whose it).
I agree with you for an escort of prisoner, surely this. But a question. Photograph was taken by the journalist of the article about Damas sellers? Or as you say an old photograph taken in a stock image? Really, I don't know and I imagine the answer impossible.
"Le temps présent" wasn't a big news-paper as French news-papers by the size as "Le pays de France" and "J'ai vu",etc... 16 little pages for "Le temps présent" only an article by page or two pages.
So, I'm sorry Chris but I'm not really a Turkish Army expert