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Battle of Sulukh
Part of Armenian National Liberation Movement
From Sulukh bridge.JPG
The battle site
Date27 May 1907
LocationSulukh, near Muş, Ottoman Empire
Result Ottoman Empire Victory
Belligerents
Armenian fedayi Ottoman Empire
Commanders and leaders
Gevorg Chavush Cherkez Keosse Binbashi
Strength
80 Fedayi 2000 soldiers
Casualties and losses
21 dead,
7 wounded
120 dead,
100 wounded
23 Armenian civilians massacred
[1]

Battle of Sulukh was fought between Armenian fedayis and Turkish forces on 27 May 1907. It is most notable for being the conflict that led to the death of Gevorg Chavush.

Battle

At that time, Sulukh was a small village of around a hundred houses on the road from Erzurum to Muş. The fedayi entourage was camping there overnight, when the Turks attacked them. The Armenians were besieged by the Turks. At the start of the battle, the resistance of the Armenians was successful. However, after a massive Turkish attack, the Turks had captured the village. During the defense, Gevorg Chavush was wounded (which later caused his death). Nevertheless, the death of the colonel Keosse Binbashi panicked the Turks, as a result of which, Armenians launched a surprise attack, and the fedayeen were able to rescue the body of Gevorg Chavush.

Casualties

The Armenians lost 3 fedayeen, 18 inexperienced village fighters and 23 non-combatants. 7 more fedayeen were wounded.[1] Gevorg Chavush was severely wounded in the battle, and died soon after.[2]

The Turks lost their colonel (Cherkez Keosse Binbashi), 2 captains, 5 officers, 110 soldiers, 1 police chief and 1 doctor.[1] The Turks retrieved Gevorg's body and gave a state funeral to both him and their own colonel.[1]

References

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