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Mahmud Shevket Pasha

Mahmud Shevket Pasha

Ottoman general and statesman of Arab and Georgian descent
The basics
Occupations Politician
Countries Ottoman Empire
A.K.A. Mahmud Sevket Pasha, Mahmud Sevket Pasa, Mahmud Şevket Paşa, Mahmut Şevket Paşa, Mahmut Sevket, Mahmud Shevket Pasha
Gender male
Birth January 1, 1856 (Baghdad, Baghdad Governorate, Iraq)
Death June 11, 1913 (Istanbul, Istanbul Province, Turkey)
Politics Committee of Union and Progress
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Mahmud Shevket Pasha
The details

Mahmud Shevket Pasha (Turkish: Mahmut Şevket Paşa; 1856 – 11 June 1913) was an Ottoman general and statesman. He was born in Baghdad, where he finished his primary education before going on to the Military Academy (Turkish: Mekteb-i Harbiye) in Constantinople. He joined the army in 1882 as a lieutenant. He spent some time in France investigating military technology and was stationed in Crete for a while. He then returned to the Military Academy as a faculty member.

He worked under Colmar Freiherr von der Goltz (Goltz Pasha) for a while and traveled to Germany. He was then appointed as governor of the Kosovo Vilayet, where he commanded the 3rd Army, which was later known as Hareket Ordusu ("Army of Action") after its involvement in suppressing the counterrevolutionary absolutist reactionaries in the 31 March Incident. A voice recording of Mahmud Shevket Pasha speaking to rally his troops against the counterrevolutionaries in 1909 was released in by journalist Murat Bardakçı in 2012.

He played an important role in ending the 31 March Incident and with it, the reign of Abdul Hamid II. He served as a Grand Vizier to Mehmed V from 23 January. He was assassinated in Constantinople on 11 June 1913 in a revenge attack by a relative of the murdered Nazım Pasha. Among other things, he is credited with the creation of the Ottoman Air Force in 1911 and bringing the first automobile to Constantinople. Mahmud Shevket Pasha gave much importance to a military aviation program and as a result the Ottoman Air Force became one of the pioneering aviation institutions in the world.

Though raised as a Turk, various sources claim that he may have also had Iraqi Arab, Georgian, Chechen, or Circassian ancestry.

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