Famous Turkish Military Leaders

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 1 Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
Famous As: Founder of the Republic of Turkey,
Birthdate: May 19, 1881
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Turkish
Died: November 10, 1938
Kemal Atatürk, known as the founding father of the Republic of Turkey, was its first president. He unified Turkey into a secular country and invested in education and women’s rights. He also popularized the Latin-based Turkish alphabet and made minorities speak Turkish in public. His policies are known as “Kemalism.” 

 2 Osman I

Osman I
Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: 1258 AD
Nationality: Turkish
Died: August 1, 1326

Osman I was the founder of the Ottoman dynasty, which ruled the Ottoman Empire between 1299 and 1922. One of the most important historical figures in Turkey, Osman I is often depicted in popular culture. Interestingly, he is also one of the least documented leaders of the Ottoman Turks, making the factual information of his biographies questionable.

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 3 Hayreddin Barbarossa

Hayreddin Barbarossa
Famous As: 16th Century Naval Commander
Birthdate: 1478 AD
Nationality: Turkish
Died: July 4, 1546
Remembered as the Pirate of Algiers and Redbeard, legendary Hayreddin Barbarossa from Lesbos, along with his brother Oruç, plundered ships and ports, terrorizing the Mediterranean coast. His exploits led him to become the admiral of the Ottoman Navy. His victory at Preveza remains his most celebrated one.

 4 Enver Pasha

Enver Pasha
Famous As: Military Officer
Birthdate: November 22, 1881
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Turkish
Died: August 4, 1922
Ottoman military officer Enver Pasha is remembered as one of the main figures of the Armenian Genocide. The Young Turk leader was one of the Three Pashas who ruled over the Ottoman Empire during World War I. He was killed by the Soviets during the Basmachi Revolt.

 5 Piri Reis

Piri Reis
Famous As: Ottoman Admiral, Geographer, Cartographer.
Birthdate: 1465 AD
Nationality: Turkish
Died: 1553 AD

Piri Reis was an Ottoman navigator, admiral, cartographer, and geographer. He is best remembered for his Book of Navigation, which contains maps and charts and information on navigational techniques. He gained international recognition in 1929 when a portion of his first world map was discovered at the Topkapı Palace in Turkey. Piri Reis finds mention in several popular video games.  

 6 Ammianus Marcellinus

Ammianus Marcellinus
Famous As: Soldier,historian
Birthdate: 0330 AD
Nationality: Turkish
Died: 0400 AD

 7 Nikephoros II Phokas

Nikephoros II Phokas
Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0912 AD
Nationality: Turkish
Died: December 11, 0969
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 8 Djemal Pasha

Djemal Pasha
Famous As: Military leader
Birthdate: May 6, 1872
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Turkish
Died: July 21, 1922

 9 Cemal Gürsel

Cemal Gürsel
Famous As: Politician, Officer
Birthdate: October 13, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Turkish
Died: September 14, 1966

 10 Isaac I Komnenos

Isaac I Komnenos
Famous As: Military officer
Birthdate: 1007 AD
Nationality: Turkish
Died: May 31, 1061

 11 Fevzi Çakmak

Fevzi Çakmak
Famous As: Politician, Military personnel
Birthdate: January 12, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Turkish
Died: April 10, 1950

 12 Hakan Fidan

Hakan Fidan
Famous As: civil servant, diplomat
Birthdate: 1968 AD
Nationality: Turkish

 13 Osman Nuri Pasha

Osman Nuri Pasha
Famous As: Military Commander
Birthdate: 1832 AD
Nationality: Turkish
Died: April 5, 1900

 14 Romanos I Lekapenos

Romanos I Lekapenos
Famous As: Commander
Birthdate: 0870 AD
Nationality: Turkish
Died: June 15, 0948

 15 Midhat Pasha

Midhat Pasha
Famous As: Political figure
Birthdate: October 18, 1822
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Turkish
Died: May 8, 1884

 16 Mahmud Shevket Pasha

Mahmud Shevket Pasha
Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: 1856 AD
Nationality: Turkish
Died: June 11, 1913

 17 Markos Vafiades

Markos Vafiades
Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: January 28, 1906
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Turkish
Died: February 22, 1992

 18 Omer Seyfeddin

Omer Seyfeddin
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 11, 1884
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Turkish
Died: March 6, 1920

 19 Deiotarus

Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0105 AD
Nationality: Turkish
Died: 0041 AD

 20 Aytaç Yalman

Aytaç Yalman
Famous As: General
Birthdate: July 29, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Turkish
Died: March 15, 2020

 21 Ragıp Gümüşpala

Ragıp Gümüşpala
Famous As: Military Leader
Birthdate: 1897 AD
Nationality: Turkish
Died: June 6, 1964