- Historical event:
- 29 May 1918
- This day marked beginning of the Battle of Sardarabad. The battle didn't only stop the Ottoman advance into the rest of the Armania, but also prevented the complete destruction of the Armenian nation. The battle took place near Sardarabad, Armenia.
A lot of people know that the Turks committed a terrible genocide against the Armenians. It was one of the bloodiest crimes in recent history, and people responsible for genocide were hiding the truth for a long time.
Over million people were killed (there is no consensus regarding the exact number of victims).
Namely, the Christian Armenian population lived in the large area of today’s Republic of Turkey.
A large piece of the northeastern part of Asia Minor was predominantly an area settled by the Armenians. The Turks committed mass genocide against these Armenians.
At the time of World War I, many Armenians lived outside the borders of Turkey, on the territory of the former Russian Empire.
The October Revolution occurred in Russia, and the Bolsheviks decided to stop fighting against the Turks (who also led war against the Czarist Russia).
Of course, that was very bad for the Armenians because the Turkish forces could penetrate their territory – the only territory which wasn’t conquered at the time due to the presence of Russian imperial forces.
The Turkish troops invaded the former Russian part of Armenia, where many Armenians from Turkey were living (those who survived the genocide).
There was a danger that the Armenians would be destroyed, and that the name “Armenia” would become a historical concept.
But the Battle of Sardarabad didn’t only stop the Ottoman advance into the rest of the Armania, but also prevented the complete destruction of the Armenian nation.
The battle took place near Sardarabad, Armenia (located 40 kilometers west of the city of Yerevan).
Today, Armenia is an independent state, but its territory is very small due to the violent acts committed by its neighbors. Modern Armenia covers only a small fraction of the former Armenian lands.