His Family & Childhood
He was born in 1881 in Salonica, then an Ottoman city, now in Greece. His father Ali Riza, a customs official turned lumber merchant, died when Mustafa was still a boy. His mother Zubeyde, a devout and strong-willed woman, raised him and his sister. First enrolled in a traditional religious school, Mustafa soon switched to a modern one. In 1893, he entered a military high school where his mathematics teacher gave him the second name Kemal, which means perfection, in recognition of young Mustafa's superior achievement. He was thereafter known as Mustafa Kemal.
Mustafa Kemal ATATURK
On a day of 1881, a male child was born in a pink house located at the district of Ahmet Subasi, city of Salonika, which is inside Greek boundaries today.
Father Ali Riza whispered the name of the child to his ear. "MUSTAFA."
Before Mustafa ,Zübeyde Hanim and Ali Riza Bey had three children named Fatma,Ömer and Ahmet. When Mustafa was born none of those children were alive.
Mother Zübeyde Hanim was a pretty Turkmen woman strictly devoted to religious beliefs.The ancestors of Zübeyde Hanim were known as a branch of Turkmen tribe. They immigrated from Anatolia to Rumelia during the conquest of Rumelia by the Ottomans and settled in Sarigöl subdistrict located west of the Vodina district in west Makedonia. It is thought that this tribe came there from Konya or Aydin provinces of Anatolia.
Father Ali Riza was a resident of Salonika and his father was Ahmet Efendi .His uncle Hafiz Ahmet Efendi, a teacher in the district school, was nicknamed as "Red Hafiz Efendi" because of his red beard.
At the time, Father Ali Riza was working as a customs officer. Later, he quit and established a partnership with a timber trader Cafer Efendi. He was also involved with brine trading for some time. Ali Riza passed away at the young age of 47. What were left from Ali Riza Bey to Zübeyde was two mecidiyes (40 kurus) widow salary,7 year old Mustafa and his sister Makbule.
It is not possible to think the armed forcess and the nation as seperate. When the nation falled into trouble, the armed forces assisted the state and the nation.
The armed forces always have been one of the foundation stones for the state and the nation in the history of the Turks.
After a short time(1893) Mustafa Kemal enrolled to military secondary school, he provided acceptance of himself to his friends and teacher. He was clever, hard working and dignifed. Especially, in the field of Mathematics he was unique. All of his teacher were appreciating him. He had a special positon from view of his Mathematics teacher.
Lietunant Commander amazed with his student's abilities, characher and diligence.
One day, Lietunant Commander teacher Mustafa spoke to Mustafa quoting.
My son, we both have the same name. As, there should be a difference, let your name Mustafa Kemal, from now on. Years later one more name granted to him. The namer this time is high Turkish Nation. His beloved saviour surnamed as ATATÜRK.
Mustafa Kemal enrolled Manastir Military senior high school in 1896. He enrois to war academy at Istanbul on 13 March 1899 and while graduating from there on 10 February 1902 he is a glittering lieutanant.
While Mustaf Kemal leaving the war academy with a saber which was a rememberance from his father, all the years in backward passed front of his eyes, like 27 May 1938 one Friday night, the memories were passing front of the his eyes which are looking into darkness while he is farewelling Ankara for the last time. With one difference, in first time the shining eyes were looking to future with hope and desire, second time with peace of the human being, who conducted his obligations but in grief. Right now, he was graduating from War Academy by enrolling military in accordance to his desires since his childhood. Now the time has arrived for him. He kissed his mother's hand and received her blessing. While Mustafa Kemal was in civil servant school, her mother Zübeyde Hanim, married with a person whose name is Ragip Efendi. In first days Mustafa Kemal could not accept this marrige and went Rukiye Hanim's house who was his distant relative, leaving mother's house. His such feelings continue till he determines that his step father is nice and innocent man. The reason of his dissapointment against the her mother probably is because of her mother's marrige without prior information to himself of great loyality to his father Ali Riza Bey, maybe waves of rebellion generating from his soul. Whatever the conditions was at that time, in time good relations estabished with his step father. Mustafa Kemal who graduated from War Academy with a very succesful degree, detached to staff officer class. After completing succesfully three year of staff officer education he graduated from Istanbul War Academy on 11 Jan 1905 with o rank of Staff Captain. Same day, he wrote back of the photo following words which he sent to his mother. "DO YOU REMEMBER MOTHER I TOLD YOU TO WAIT AND SHALL BECOME. HERE IS FIRST STEP. Mustafa Kemal" THE SITUATION OF THE COUNTRY When Mustafa Kemal has graduated from the War Academy, the country was in miserable state. Poems of Namik Kemal was circulating like a sad song in elvery patriot's tongue who loved his country and nation. "Enemy leaned his dagger against the Nations Breast, it is said nobody exist to save his dark fortune" In order to free the country from this situation Mustafa Kemal established an assocation an Damascus named "Country and freedom". Intended to spread this assocation but, was not able to find and adaquate environment at Damascus. Yafa, Jerusalem, Beirut. In order to spread this assocation he tried to be assigned to the Third Army located at Macedonia. Mustafa Kemal assigned to the Third Army on 30 September 1907 which had the responsibility of Balkans regoin. Major Enver was also in this army and both were meeting and chatting frequently, at Salonika.
As much as Mustafa Kemal was bodness and talkative Enver was slient and introvert, as much as Mustafa Kemal is relastic while Enver was in romance. Enver dreams, Mustafa Kemal puts forward solutions and proposals even he make assignments amoungts his friends but these assignments were not result of a fancy mind, result of his plans relevant to future. Sample: In a cold 1908 winter night, in a small coffe-house at Salonika which illuminated with dim lights he was busy making assignments while assigning one of his friends as primeminister and other minister, his one best friends of childhood Nuri (Conker) asked. -Okey Kemal, what you'll be at that time? The answer was such short and clear which nobody expecting ever. -I'll be the one assigning you to those slots. 23 July 1908 revolution was clearing the path of leadership for Enver. He promoted within a very short time and awarded with rank of general in 1913. Revolution of 23 July 1908 was a revolution of "Young Turks" and Young Officers. It was a rebellion rather than a revolution. 23 July 1908 revolution, had no effect over the essentials and core of states establishment and system. Ottoman and Sultanade was on protection every one of it's establishment. Mustafa Kemal's promotion to general rank of a period involved with merciless struggies and victories gained at Çanakkale, Anafartalar, Dumlupinar, Kocatepe. This maybe was the biggest difference between Enver Pasha and Mustafa Kemal Pasha. This two idealist invidual organised a big resistence movement against Italians at Tripoli in 1911. After Balkan war broke out they returned to Istanbul. When war finished, while Enver Pasha continuing his duty in Army, Mustafa Kemal assigned to Sofia as military attache. He remained there till the first World War began. At the time war begins he applied for a duty in battlefield but not accepted. Later on (2 February 1915) assigned as commander of newly established 19th division located at Tekirdag. Mustafa Kemal organized his division in a short time and passed to maydos. 15 February 1915 is the date Çanakkale battles begin.
Since first days Mustafa Kemal is right inside the battle with the forces he command. The enemy powers who attacks with their full power lost the sea battle on 18 March 1915. But, the Alied forces desire ro reach to Istanbul attempting to test their chance from ground. On 25 April 1915 morning a grief case happens. Ottoman grovernment and their general staff did not think about an offensive Through field which will originate from Aegan sea and Gelibolu direction. Also they are not prepared for such a case. But, Mustafa Kemal estimated that enemy may begin a landing compain from Ariburnu which has a dead location, and moved 57th regiment to Kocaçimen point which under his command. When Mustafa Kemal arrives to Conkbayiri he sees that the soldiers of 27th division are retraiting towards Conkbayiri, he cuts them in front and asks -Where are you going? -Enemy have arrived. -Where? Retreating soldiers point the peak height of 261. As reality enemy was approaching to hill without any barrier at front of them. There were nobody with Mustafa Kemal except two officer and few of retraiting soldiers. His regiment is still at Kocaçimen. Immediately takes over the command and orders. -No way to retreat from enemy. -We do not have ammunition. -You have bayonets which is more powerful tahn ammunition. -Bayonets on attack! Immediate after the voices of ALLAH, ALLAH scatters all over the lowland. Now the heroic Turkish soldier fighting throat to throat. As a result of this struggle amount of time was gained and 57th regiment reached to battle field. At 10 o'clock morning honorable 57th regiment again beings a new raid upon Mustafa Kemal's following order. "I AM NOT ORDERING TO YOU ATTACK BUT TO DIE. WITHIN THE TIME TILL WE DIE ANOTHER FORCES AND COMMANDERS CAN TAKE OVER OUR PLACE.. AHEAD!" The war was won by Turkish army. But 57th regiment complately martyred. On 1th June 1925 Mustafa Kemal promoted to full Colonel. Despite this defeat. Allied forces landed to Anafartalar 6/7 August evening again. Fierce battles began. Mustafa Kemal who took pver command of newly established Anafartalar Group caoused heavy losses to enemy during the battles on 10 August. He prevented the enemy's settlement on soil, at Conkbayiri. English forces commander Hamilton writes the following lines in his book named "Gelibolu Battles" "TURKS REALLY FOUGHT BRAVELY WITH SCREAMS OF ALLAH, ALLAH. THERE IS NO WAY TO TELL THIS WAR WITH WORDS" Despite repeated blows, English forces could not pass the defence lines established by honorable Mehmetçik and unique commander Mustafa Kemal and failing to pass through Çanakkale strait. They began to retreat from Çanakkale on 20 December 1915.
English author Alan Moorhead describes this retrait in his book named "Gelibolu"as follows. "That young and genius Turkish chief 's presence over there is the one of most grief blows of history for Allied forces." At Çanakkale, while we lost 251309 Mehmetçik , British and Anzac forces suffered 205000 while Frenc suffler 47000 losses. Mustafa Kemal, assigned as XVI army's commander in chief based at Edirne, after he returned to Istanbul upon conclusion of Çanakkale battles. (11 March 1916). After performing this duty for a short time assigned to a new army called II. nd Army upon advance of Russian Army till Erzurum. Mustafa Kemal took cammand of XVI army on 26 March 1916 after his arrivel to Diyarbakir on 16 March 1916. Mustafa Kemal promoted to Rank of General on 1 April 1916. Let's have look briefly to a matter relevant to this promotion. After Çanakkale victory Mustafa Kemal's promotion to General rank was considered something sure. But, despite weeks passed, no news came from Istanbul. At last, while Mustafa Kemal's promotion begin negotiated at headquartes of Union and development session under chairmanship of Talat Pasha, Enver Pasha walks in the room, after realizing the discussion subject he takes out one sheet paper from his pocket and speaks to attendants: "You do not know Mustafa Kemal, he is never satisfied with any rank, becomes a General than he wants to be three star general, than wants to be a four star general. Becomes four star general than he wants to be a field marshall." In later years, when these discussions were passed to Mustafa Kemal he quoted. "I never thought, Enver could be such clever and future sighted man" Mustafa Kemal promoted to Genaral rank on 1 April 1916, and as commander of XVI corps comes under II. Army he won two big victory against Russians in Mus and Bitlis. Than assigned as deputy commander of II. Army. Here, he had chance to work closely with colonel Ismet (Inönü) bey, whom he knew from the Thesalloniki and Army staff scholl. (23 May 1916) Mustafa Kemal prepared a report relevent to conditions of Army and submitted this to deputy of Commander In Chief of Army and government. The ideas in the report not accepted by Deputy commander Enver Pasha. Due to this event he resigned from his duty and returned to Istanbul. While he was in Istanbul, preparations were going ahead to send heir of thone Vahdettin to Germany in return of German Emperor's visit to Istanbul. During this, it is decided that Mustafa Kemal should accompany Vahdettin. After return from Germany Mustafa Kemal got sick from his kidney's.
In 1918 months of June and July he was under treatment at Vienna , Karbad. During this V.Mehmet died and prince Vahdettin succeeded him. Mustafa Kemal returned to Istanbul and payed a visit to Sultan Vahdettin 5.08.1918 he found to know closely during Germany visit explaining to him the simuation of country clearly and the required actions and closed his conversation with follo wing words. "Immediately take over the Commander of Chief of Armed Forces. Do not assing an attorney but a chief af Armed forces as principal. Before anything establish your domination and possesorship over the Armed Forces." Sultan Vahdettin asked: -Are there any other commanders in the Army thinks like you ? -Yes there any Upon this asnwer Vahdettin rolls his eyes right to left. Answers "Let us think about this." After this meeting Mustafa Kemal talks two more time Sultan Vahdettin but gains no result. After third negotiation, he wrote following to his diary book. "There cross got out under armpit of a man who we knew him as Haji. Now it is time to look for something different but without frighten anybody in as out season." Following this event, Mustafa Kemal assigned to Syria as commander of VII army on 7 August 1918 by order of Sultan. Is the purpose of this assignment to award Mustafa Kemal or take him away from Istanbul ? The days in ahead would reveal this. Let us point as event Mustafa Kemal lived. Mustafa Kemal, receiving his assigment order, lfts the room. In the hallway some German officers and Balkan wars veterans were chatting. He heard: "These Turkish sorders of no use, They are like flocks of animals. They only know to run away. God may not cause anybody to be commander of such spiritless flock.... Mustafa Kemal approaches to them. Gazez his eyes which are full of flames over these multi star generals with anger than speaks: "Because of that brave Turkish Soldier you are freely walking into this place which into you imitated as animal flock shortly before . What a pitty, that BRAVE TURKISH SOLDIER sacrified his life for you at Ariburnu, Gelibolu, Conkbayiri, Çanakkale. Otherwise today you would be saluting to English and French officers. Turkish soldier will reveal in a short time what he is and you are." One of the multi star general's who do not know Mustafa Kemal asks to one of the general nearby to him -Who is this ? -MUSTAFA KEMAL PASHA. Mustafa Kemal immediately lefts Istanbul and after a very troubled trip arrives to Syrian front. Ismet(Inönü) bey and Ali Fuat(Cebesoy) were also here. In order to gain victory these three big commander performed a superhuman action with Turkish soldiers at Syrian front in Damascus, Saria Valley , Aleppo, Riyad. But this time enemy was not consist of only English and French troops. So called Mohammedan Arab sheiks and amir's were joined to Allien forces. The amir of Hicaz was thristy for Turkish blood. Turkish army was surrounded from all directions and forces to retreat. IV th Army was surrended and complately dispersed. But still, the Army under command of Mustafa Kemal retreated till today's Syrian border on dates of 25/26 October 1918 without suffering from important losses. The war was almost over.
Ottoman Empire signed Armistice of Mondros with severe terms, on 30 October 1918. Same day, Mustafa Kemal took over the command of Thunderbolt Armies Group from Liman Von Sanders at Adana. The mondros armistice signed by Rauf(Orbay) bey, on 30 October 1918 was a document of shame and Disgrace. With this document, statement of reasons had been prepared to submit Anatolia which is under Turkish regin for hundred years, to French, English, Italians and Greks. Also, this armistice, caused Mustafa Kemal's born like a sun from Samsun to asve his country and nation. As a man who do not run by conditions but shapes the conditions Mustafa Kemal will never accept this armistise which is full of unclear statements. After defeat of Ottoman Empire, and execuation of Mondros armistise, various minorities inside the Ottoman soil raised against empire. The people consistof Christans and Islams living together since hundred years peasefully became enemies of each other. The Pontus Greeks settled in Karadeniz region began to action to establish their state which demolished by Fatih Sultan Mehmet. They organised rebel groups and began to attack Turkish villages threating Turkish residents life and possession. While the fact was this, the high comission of English army was telling that the life of Christans are under threat in Karadeniz region and troops may sent and region should be invaded. To investigate the English accusations it was decided to send person there in order to investigate how true are English allegations and take counter measures. For this duty, MUstafa Kemal Pasha sent to SAMSUN as IX th army inspector whose political past was clear and not involved with "Ittihat" movement. While passing from Haydarpasa to across side when he arrived to Istanbul on 13 November 1918 his ship have to pass through Allied forces navy, and told his aide-de-camp Cevat Abbas "They'll go back like the way they came" and while he is in Istanbul, performed every possible effort to put this idea into live. But, while time passes, he saw that there was no way to save country from Istanbul. He was searchin the chances step to Anatolia. When duty of IX Army Inspector offered to him, did not hesitate. 16 May 1919 day, when he landed Samsun on 19 May 1919 in twillight the plan of how his Nation will be liberated was ready in his mind. While advancing on waters of Bosphours on board worn out Bandirma vessel with few of his patriotic friends Mustafa Kemal quoted while he was looking with sorrow to the enemy warships directed their guns to Dolmabahce place. "THAT IS IT, THEY ONLY LEAN TO POWER OF WEAPON, STEEL AND IRON. THE ONLY THING THEY KNOW IS MATERIAL. THEY CAN NOT UNDERSTAND THE POWER OF ONES WHO ARE DETERMINED TO DIE FOR LIBERTY. WE ARE NOT CARRYING TO ANATOLIA NEITHER WEAPON NOR AMMUNITON. WE ARE CARRYING IDEAL AND FAITH." LANDING TO SAMSUN Mustafa Kemal Pasha who stopped on hazy morning of 19 May 1919 at 7:00 passes his comments relevant to that date in "Speech" as follows; I landed at Samsun on the 19 May 1919. this was the situation. "The group of Powers which included the Ottman Government had been defated. The Ottaman Army had been crushed on every front. An Armistice had been signed under severe conditions. The prolongation of the Great War had left the people exhausted and impoverished. Those who had driven the people and the country into the World War had fied and now cared for nothing but their own safety.
Vahdettin, the degenerate occupant of the throne and the Caliphate, was seeking for some despicable way to save his person and his throne, the only objects of his anxiety. The cabinet of which Damat Ferit Pasha was the head, was weak and lacked dignity and courage. It was subservient to the will of the Sultan alone and agreed to every proposal that could protect its members and their sovereing. The army had been deprived of their arms and ammuition, and this state of affairs continued. The Entente Powers did not condiser it necessary to recpect the terms of the armistice. On various pretexts, their meof-war and troops remained at Istanbul. The Vilayet of Adana was occupied by the French, Urfa, Maras, Antep by the English. In Antalya and Konya were the Itallians, whilst at Merzifon and Samsun were English troops. Foreign officiers and officials and their special agents were very active every where. At last, on the 14th May, that is to say, four days before the following account of events begins, the Greek Army, with the consent of the Entente Powers had landed at IZMIR. Christian elements were also at work all over the country, either openly or in secret trying to realize their own particular ambitions and therebly hasten the breakdown of the State. Mustafa Kemal was contuining in his speech quoting. Morally and materially, the enemy Powers were openly attacking the Ottoman Empire and the country itself. they were determined to disintegrate and annihilite both. The Padisah-Caliph had one sole anxiety-namely to save his own life and comfort. The members of the government had the same feeling. Without being aware of it, the nation had no longer any one to lead it, but lived in darkness and uncertainly, waiting to see what would happen. Those who began undestand clearly the terrors and extent of the catastrophe were seeking some means wherebly to save the country, each guided by the circumstances that surrounded him and the sentiments that inspired him.