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Dr. Ed Erickson is a retired regular US Army lieutenant colonel and was commissioned in the field artillery. He also qualified as a Foreign Area Officer specializing in Turkey. During his career, he served in artillery and general staff assignments in the United States, Europe and the Middle East (including three tours in Turkey). In the Persian Gulf War of 1991, he served in the Third Armored Division as an artillery battalion operations officer, in Sarajevo in 1995 as a special assistant to the NATO Force commander, and in the invasion of Iraq in 2003 with the Fourth Infantry Division as General Odierno’s political advisor. He is the recipient of two Bronze Star medals, the Legion of Merit and numerous other military awards.
After retiring from active duty, Ed worked as a school administrator and high school teacher in his hometown of Norwich, New York. He returned to Baghdad, Iraq in 2007 for a year to work as Professor of Political Science at the Ministry of Defense Training and Development College. He taught at the Marine Corps Command & Staff College in Quantico, Virginia from 2009-2017 and retired as a full Professor of Military History.
Ed has master’s degrees from Colgate University and Saint Lawrence University as well as a Doctorate in History from the University of Leeds in the UK. He is widely published and is recognized as one of the foremost specialists on the Ottoman Army during the First World War.
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Available May 2021
Completes a trilogy of books by Edward J. Erickson on the conventional wars of the Ottoman and Turkish armies in the early 20th century, the first two of which are Defeat in Detail: The Ottoman Army in the Balkans, 1912–1913 (2003) and Ordered to Die: A History of the Ottoman Army in the First World War (2001).
With no comprehensive English-language military history available, fills a massive gap in our understanding of this important war and Turkey's founding on the centenary of Turkey's birth
Contains the first reconciliation of combatant estimates of military and civilian casualties in the Turkish War of Independence
Analyzes the Turkish War of Independence as an early example of modern "hybrid-war" (combination of differing types of wars—in this case, simultaneously conventional, unconventional, counterinsurgency, and political-economic-information warfare)