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The Turkish Officer who arrested Lawrence

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Col. Selahattin Gunay, Turkish Army (Istanbul 1890- Istanbul 1956)

He graduated the War School the Harbiye in Istanbul in 1912 as a infantry officer. He later joined to the Gendarmerie Forces and served as an Gendarm Officer during the WW1 and War of Independance until his retirement in July 14th 1948. During the WW1 between the years August 1916-April 1917 2nd Lt. Selahattin was responsible for the security of Dara, Aclun, Basr-i Eski Scham (Old Damascus) One day while he was looking out of his window of his office in Dara he saw a suspicious man in Arab clothes. He immediately called this sargeant to arrest him. He cross-examined him. The man told untrue stories and lied. He ordered him to take his shoes. The mans foot was tidy neet and clean like a gentlemen. The Arabs of the region never had shooes. Their foot were all full of scars of wound. 2nd Lt. Selahattin send him under arrest to the main Imperial Officials Quartier.

source:Memories of Selahattin Gunay "Bizi Kimlere Birakip Gidiyorsun Turk?" p.129 ( Why you are leaving us alone behind Turk?)


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