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Ali Fuat Cebesoy
Ali Fuat Cebesoy
Nickname Salacaklı Ali Fuat
Born (1882-09-23)September 23, 1882
Died January 10, 1968(1968-01-10) (aged 85)
Place of birth Üsküdar, Constantinople (Istanbul), Ottoman Empire
Place of death Nişantaşı, Istanbul, Turkey
Buried at Geyve Alifuatpaşa Camii
Allegiance  Ottoman Empire
Years of service Ottoman: 1902–1919
Turkey: September 1919 – December 5, 1927
Rank Birinci Ferik
Commands held 25th Division, 14th Division, 5th Division, 20th Corps, Kuva-yi Milliye of Western Anatolia, 2nd Army
Battles/wars Italo-Turkish War
Balkan Wars
First World War
War of Independence
Other work Member of the GNAT (Ankara)
Member of the GNAT (Konya)
Member of the GNAT (Eskişehir)
Member of the GNAT (Istanbul)

Ali Fuat Cebesoy (September 1882,[1][2] Constantinople (Istanbul) – January 10, 1968, Istanbul) was a Turkish officer, politician and statesman.

Early life

Ali Fuat was born in September 1882 to father Ismail Fazil Pasha and mother Zekiye Hanım.[1] Ali Fuat is the grandson (mother's side) of Müşir Mehmet Ali Pasha[3] (Ludwig Karl Friedrich Detroit) who was the commander of the Danube Army (Tuna Şark Ordusu) during Russo-Turkish war, participated in Congress of Berlin as one of three representatives of the Ottoman Empire and killed on September 7, 1878[4] in Đakovica (Kosovo) by Albanian insurgents who were not satisfied with results of Berlin Congress.[4][5][6]

Ali Fuat attended the War School (1902) and graduated from the Ottoman War College (1905) as a Staff Captain (Erkân-ı Harp Yüzbaşısı).

Military career

He was assigned to the 3rd Rifle Battalion (Üçüncü Nişancı Taburu), the 28th Cavalry Regiment (Yirmi Sekizinci Süvari Alayı) based in Beirut under the command of Fifth Army based in Damascus and after to 15th Artillery Regiment (On Beşinci Topçu Alayı) based in Thessalonica under the command of Third Army as an intern. He joined the Committee of Union and Progress (membership number was 191). On June 28, he was assigned to the staff officer of the Third Army. And then he was promoted to the rank of Senior Captain and appointed to the area commander of Karaferye (present day: Veria). On January 9, 1909, he was appointed to the military attaché in Rome, Italy. On October 1, 1911, he was appointed to the chief of the 1st department (chief of operations) of the Western Army.[7] On February 20, he was temporarily appointed to the chief of staff of the I Corps, VII Corps. And then he was appointed to the commander of a detachment that was formed to liberate İpek (present day: Peć) and Yakova (present day: Đakovica) from insurgents.[7]

Balkan Wars

On June 24, he was dispatched to Europe for the preparation to the transfer of arms and ammunition to Tripoli Vilayet. On September 29, he was appointed to the chief of staff of the İşkodra Corps. And he participated in the Balkan Wars. He became the chief of staff of the Yanya Corps and on November 10, he was appointed to the deputy commander of the 23rd Division (Yirmi Üçüncü Fırka),[7] replacing Mirliva Cevat Pasha.[8] On December 12, when the Greek offensive commanded by Konstantinos Sapountzakis was launched, he planned to retreat orderly but because soldiers got panic, his division was defeated. In the defense line of Bizani he was severely wounded in thigh but continued to direct artillery fire while on a stretcher.[9] On March 6, 1913, he and his forces surrendered with following the instruction of Esad Pasha (Battle of Bizani). And then he was transferred to a hospital in Kifissia, a suburb of Athens, to get medical treatment.[10]

World War

On January 15, 1914, he was appointed to the chief of staff of the VIII Corps. After Kress von Kressenstein was appointed the chief of staff of this corps, replacing Ali Fuat, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (Kaymakam) and on September 19, he was appointed to the commander of the 25th Division.[11] In January 1915, he participated in First Suez Offensive. On January 7, he and his division left Birüssebi (present day: Beersheba) for the desert and arrived at the front of the Suez Canal. But the Ottoman forces couldn't pass the canal and retreated. He and his division went back to Gaza on January 20, 1915.[12]

After the Gallipoli Campaign was launched, the 25th Division was dispatched to the Gallipoli Front on May 24, 1915 and started to arrive there on June 2, 1916. His division entered to the order of the XVII Corps of the First Army and deployed in Bulair-Saros areas.[13]

On January 20, 1916, he was appointed to the commander of the 14th Division. At first his division was planned to be used in Second Suez Offensive and sent to Maallaha. But because of Russian offensive, his division entered to the command of the Seconde Army under the command of Ahmet İzzet Pasha, on June 27, sent back from the Rayak station to Aleppo and dispatched to Diyârbekir.[14]

On September 30 to the commander of the 5th Division and in January he became the chief of staff of the Seconde Army.

On January 12, 1917, he returned to the Sina-Palestine Front and in April he became the deputy commander of the Sina-Palestine Front. On June 30, 1917, he became the commander of the XX Corps. After the Armistice of Mudros was signed, he concurrently became the deputy commander of Seventh Army, replacing Mustafa Kemal.[7] After the Seventh Army was abolished, he transferred the headquarters of XX Corps from Syria to Ereğli, then to Konya and to Ankara.

War of Independence

Ali Fuat Pasha organized the resistance in Western Turkey against the Greek invasion and thus actually started the National Independence War. He contributed to the resistance forces against the Greek army that had begun to occupy Western Anatolia. He signed Amasya Protocol and at the end of the Sivas Congress in 1920, he was appointed as the general commander of the National Forces by the Board of Representatives. The presence of him and his army in Ankara is the reason behind Atatürk's choice of this city as the center of Turkish War of Independence.

The same year, he was elected as a deputy at the First Parliament. He was appointed ambassador to Moscow, Soviet Union in 1921, as he had quarrels with Ismet Inonu, who was appointed by Atatürk as the Commander of the Western Front although Inonu had failed against Greek invasion at Kutahya-Altıntas in 1921. By personally negotiating with Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin in Moscow, he signed the Treaty of Moscow (1921) along the lines of the Brest-Litovsk Peace Treaty as the representative of the Ankara government, which provided financial and military support from the Soviet Union to the Turkish Independence War, in exchange for the return of Batum back to Soviet Union. After finishing his duty as an ambassador, he was elected as the second spokesman of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.

Political life

After the declaration of the Republic, he became a deputy. In this new era of his political career, he joined the founders of the opposition party, the Progressive Republican Party, and he was elected as the general secretary of the party in 1924. During the rebellion of Şeyh Sait, the Law on the Maintenance of Order was affected and the Progressive Republican Party was closed down. Ali Fuat Cebesoy was arrested with the accusations of participating in the attempt of assassination against Atatürk and was taken to İzmir. He was tried at the İzmir Independence Court and was acquitted in 1926.

He retired with the title of general. He stayed away from politics for four years between 1927 and 1931). In 1931, he returned to politics and elected as a deputy from Konya. He served as the deputy of Konya and Eskişehir until 1950. He also served as Minister of Public Works from 1939 to 1943, Minister of Transportation (1943–1946) and as the president of the Parliament in 1948. He was an independent candidate of the Democratic Party from Eskişehir in the first democratic elections of the Turkish history held on May 14, 1950 and he was elected with a landslide. In the following years, he was elected as a deputy from İstanbul and served in the parliament for ten more years between 1950 and 1960. After the military coup on May 27, 1960, he was initially arrested by the junta with the rest of the Democratic Party MPs but later set free. After this experience he quit politics for good.

In accordance with his will, he was buried to the backyard of a mosque near Geyve train station, where the first shots of the Turkish War of Independence were fired, when he died at the age of 86. However, his remains were moved to the Turkish State Cemetery in Ankara[citation needed], after the military coup of 1980.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ayfer Özçelik, Ali Fuad Cepesoy, Akçağ Yayınları, 1993, ISBN 975-338-006-2, p. 1. (Turkish)
  2. Ankara Üniversitesi Türk İnkılâp Tarihi Enstitüsü Arşivi, 114/54682, p. 1. (Turkish)
  3. Ali Fuat Cebesoy, Sınıf Arkadaşım Atatürk: Okul ve Genç Subaylık Hâtıraları, Temel Yayınları, 2000, ISBN 975-410-065-9, p. 19. (Turkish)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Osman Selim Kocahanoğlu, "Bir Osmanlı Ailesi ve Ali Fuad Cebesoy", Ali Fuat Cebesoy'un Arşivinden Askeri ve Siyasi Belgeler, Temel Yayınları, İstanbul, 2005, ISBN 975-410-092-6, p. 13. (Turkish)
  5. Ayfer Özçelik, Ali Fuad Cepesoy, p. 2. (Turkish)
  6. Halil Sedes, 1876–1878 Osmanlı-Rus Savaşları Bosna Hersek ve Bulgaristan İhtilalleri, Çituri Biraderler, İstanbul, 1946, p. 180. (Turkish)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 T.C. Genelkurmay Harp Tarihi Başkanlığı Yayınları, Türk İstiklâl Harbine Katılan Tümen ve Daha Üst Kademlerdeki Komutanların Biyografileri, Genkurmay Başkanlığı Basımevi, Ankara, 1972, p. 154. (Turkish)
  8. Genelkurmay ATASE Başkanlığı, Yanya Savunması ve Esat Paşa, Genkurmay Başkanlığı Basımevi, 1983, p. 77. (Turkish)
  9. Ayfer Özçelik, Ali Fuad Cepesoy, p. 7.
  10. Ayfer Özçelik, Ali Fuad Cepesoy, p. 8.
  11. Ayfer Özçelik, Ali Fuad Cepesoy, p. 12.
  12. Ayfer Özçelik, Ali Fuad Cepesoy, p. 14.
  13. Ayfer Özçelik, Ali Fuad Cepesoy, p. 17.
  14. Ayfer Özçelik, Ali Fuad Cepesoy, pp. 18–19.

See also

Political offices
Preceded by
Kâzım Karabekir
Speaker of the Parliament of Turkey
January 30, 1948 – November 1, 1948
Succeeded by
Şükrü Saracoğlu
Military offices
Preceded by
Ismet Bey (İnönü)
Commander of the XX Corps
June 30, 1917 – June 26, 1920
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Commander of the Western Front
June 26, 1920 – November 10, 1920
Succeeded by
Ismet Bey (İnönü)
Preceded by
Commander of the Second Army
November 21, 1923 – October 31, 1924
Succeeded by
Fahreddin Pasha (Altay)

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