Sultan Mehmed V Reshad of Turkey
Sultan Mehmed V Reshad of Turkey leaving the Mosque of St Sophie in Salonica. Sultan Mehmed V Reshad of Turkey (1844 - 1918). Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1909 until his death in 1918, Mehmed - original name Mehmed Resad - spent much of his life in seclusion until the forced abdication of his brother Sultan Abdul Hamid II at the hands of the Young Turks in 1909. A kindly gentle man with an interest in Persian literature, Mehmed was effectively little more than a puppet Sultan whose actions were directed by leaders of the Committee of Union and Progress. Mehmed was little able to govern of his own accord and thus accepted direction from Young Turk leaders including Enver Pasha.
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A Serbian Dragoon regiment in the Battle of Borenitza
A Serbian Dragoon regiment, part of the Allied army based in the Greek port of Salonika, are pictured riding to repel an attack by the Bulgarian army, October 1916. At the beginning of the war the Serbian army had successfully resisted invasion by the Austro-Hungarian Empire, however, a combined offensive by the Central Powers, including the newly allied Bulgaria, forced the Serbian government and army to escape into neighbouring Albania and exile in December 1915.
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