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Hello,

What was the predominant sidearm of the Turkish/Ottoman forces/officers in WWI? Does anybody know how many C-96s and Lugers they used or other? I suspect a lot more than the 1,000 cone hammer C96s before the turn of the century...

Any input is appreciated.
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Hi Anthony,
As you probably know, in the first weeks of WW1 Germany gifted two fully equipped cruisers, S.M.S Goeben and S.M.S. Breslau, to Turkey. Since each of these vessels were furnished with approximately 50 Navy Lugers we know that Turkey had at least that many. Here's a photo of a stretcher party from the Breslau.
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Iirc the C96 pistols were reserved for the imperial guard, as the sultan, being a good despote, didn't trust the regular troops with such effective weapons.
 

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Neat photo!

Still looking to know what the main sidearm was if not the C-96.

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Along with the C-96 and Lugers I have seen the Smith and Wesson model 3 and FN Browning 1903 referenced
 
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