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{{Infobox military conflict
 
| conflict = Defense of Van
 
| partof = the [[Caucasus Campaign]] of World War I and the [[Armenian Genocide]]
 
| image = Van Defenders.jpg
 
| image_size = 300px
 
| caption = Armenian civilians holding a defense line against Ottoman forces in the walled city of Van in May 1915.
 
| date = 19 April – 17 May 1915
 
| place = [[Van, Turkey|Van]], [[Ottoman Empire]]
 
| territory =
 
| result = Armenian victory, Ottoman retreat
 
| status =
 
| combatant1 = {{flag|Ottoman Empire}}
 
| combatant2 = [[Armenian fedayi|Armenian Irregulars]] and [[Civilians]]
 
| commander1 = {{flagicon|Ottoman Empire}} [[Djevdet Bey]]<br>{{flagicon|Ottoman Empire}} [[Halil Kut|Halil Bey]]<br />{{flagicon|Ottoman Empire}} [[Kâzım Özalp|Köprülü Kâzım Bey]]<br />{{flagicon|Ottoman Empire}} [[Rafael de Nogales Méndez|Rafael de Nogales]]
 
| commander2 = [[Aram Manukian]]
 
| strength1 = 5,000<ref>{{cite book|last1=Gilbert|first1=Sir Martin|editor1-last=Winter|editor1-first=Jay|title=America and the Armenian Genocide of 1915|date=2004|publisher=Cambridge University Press|isbn=1139450182|page=14|url=https://books.google.com/books?id=pnLSRXAXTfcC}}</ref>
 
| strength2 = 1,300{{Sfn | Hovannisian | 1997 | p = 251}}
 
| casualties1 = unknown but heavy
 
| casualties2 = unknown
 
| casualties3 = 55,000 Armenian civilians massacred{{Sfn | Morgenthau | 1918 | p = 227}}{{Sfn | Balakian | 2004 | p = 207}}}}
 
{{Campaignbox Caucasus Campaign}}
 
The '''Defense of Van''' (also known as the '''Siege of Van''' or '''Van Resistance''' to the Armenians ({{lang-hy |Վանի հերոսամարտ}} ''Vani herosamard'') was a self-defensive measure by the Armenian population of Van against the [[Ottoman Empire]]. Armenian forces fought against the attempts to massacre the [[Ottoman Armenian population|Armenian]] population in the [[Van Vilayet]].{{Sfn | Balakian | 2004 | p = 208}} The resistance broke out during the [[Caucasus Campaign]], in which the [[Dashnak]] militias were supported by the [[Imperial Russian army]] to defend the Ottoman Armenian population. Such measures had not been intended or planned by the Armenians.<ref name=gib>[[Herbert Adams Gibbons]], ''Armenia in the World War'', 1926. [http://www.armenews.com/IMG/Armenia_in_the_world_war_Gibbons_1926.pdf Link].</ref> Several contemporaneous observers and later historians have concluded that the Ottoman government deliberately instigated the armed Armenian resistance by enforcing the conditions on their subjects<ref>{{Cite book|title=Van 1915 : the great events of Vasbouragan|last=A-Dō (Ter Martirosyan), 1867-1954|first=Hovhannes|publisher=Gomidas Institute|others=Sarafian, Ara|year=2017|isbn=9781909382374|location=London|pages= 98–134|oclc=1013977931}}</ref>{{Sfn | Erickson | 2001 | p = 99}} and then used this insurgency as a main pretext to justify the forced [[Armenian Genocide|deportations of Armenians]] from all over the empire. However, the decisions of deportation and extermination were made before the Van resistance.{{Sfn | Akçam | 2006 | p = 200 | ps =: 'The Van uprising deserves to be examined separately, for regardless of the fact that it took place after the secret deportation and extermination decisions were made...'}}
 
  
The assessment of witness reports maintained that the Armenian posture at Van was defensive and an act of resistance to massacre.{{Sfn | Akçam | 2007 | p = 201}} Based mostly in the [[Van, Turkey|city of Van]], it was one of the few instances during the [[Armenian Genocide]] when Armenians fought against the [[Ottoman Empire]]'s armed forces.
 
 
== Background ==
 
[[File:City of Van neighborhoods 1915.png|300px|thumb|Van City Centrum]]
 
{{Main|Hamidian massacres|Defense of Van (1896)}}
 
During the late [[Ottoman Empire|Ottoman]] period, Van was an important center of Armenian cultural, social, and economic life. [[Khrimian Hayrik]] established a printing press in Van, and thereafter launched ''Vaspurakan Ardzvi'' (Eagle of Vaspourakan), which was the first periodical publication in Armenia.<ref>{{Citation | last = Ternon | first = Yves | author-link = Yves Ternon | title = The Armenians: History of a Genocide | publisher = Caravan Books | year = 1990 | isbn = 978-0-88206-508-3}}.{{Page needed|date=June 2011}}.</ref> In 1885, the [[Ramgavar|Armenakan]] party was established in the city of Van. Soon after, the [[Social Democrat Hunchakian Party|Hnchak]] and [[Armenian Revolutionary Federation|Dashnak]] parties, whose missions were basically the overthrow of the Ottoman rule in Eastern Anatolia ([[Six vilayets]]), established branches in the city.
 
 
Throughout 1895–96 [[Armenians in the Ottoman Empire]] suffered a wave of violence commonly known as the [[Hamidian massacres]]. While Van largely avoided the massacres in 1895, the Ottomans sent a military expedition in June 1896. The Armenians of Van were initially able to defend themselves, but upon agreeing to disarm in exchange for safety, massacres continued, ending in the deaths of over 20,000 Armenians.
 
 
The pre-war (World War I) demographic statistics of the [[Van Province, Ottoman Empire]] had different values based on different sources. In 1914, Armenians lived on the shores of [[Lake Van]]. The major Armenian inhabited localities were the city of Van (consisting of three sub-sections which were Havasor ([[Gürpınar (District), Van|Gürpınar]]), Timar (Gedikbulak) and Archak (Erçek)). Armenians also lived in the district of [[Erciş]] (Artchesh, Akants) which was in the northern part of the province, as well as the districts of [[Çatak]] (Shatakh),  [[Başkale]] (Bashkaleh) and [[Bahçesaray (District), Van|Bahçesaray]] (Moks) in the southern part of the province. In an 1890 census, there were 79,998 Armenians living in the province.{{Sfn | Krikorian | 1978 | p = 34}} That same census showed the percentage Armenian population located in the city of Van to be 35%, and the district Armenian populations to be 64% in Ercis, 37% in Catak, 18% in Bashkale, and 48% in Bahcesaray.<ref>{{Citation | title = :File:Armenian population of Van province in 1896.png | year = 1896 | format = [[Joint Picture Experts Group|JPEG]]| title-link = :File:Armenian population of Van province in 1896.png }}.</ref> The 1912 local Patriarch statistic stated that the Armenian population was 110,000.{{Sfn | Kevorkian | Paboudjian | 1992 | p = 60}} The original 1914 Ottoman census stated that Armenian population was 67,797 and Muslim population was 179,422.<ref>{{Citation | title = Proportions des populations en Asie Mineure. Statistique officielle | year = 1914 | language = fr | format = [[Portable network graphics|PNG]] |trans-title=Proportions of the populations in Asia Minor. Official statistic| title-link = :File:Proportions des populations en Asie Mineure statistique officielle d1914.png }}.</ref> However, the 1914 official census was challenged both on Armenian and Muslim population sizes. It was found that the original 1914 Ottoman statistics claimed to be under-representative for the children, and the corrected values for the Van province were stated as 313,000 Muslim, 130,000 Armenian (25%), and approximately 65,000 Syrian, [[Chaldean Christians|Chaldean]], [[Nestorian Christians|Nestorian]] and others.{{Sfn | McCarthy | 1983 | pp = 110–11}} Population estimates for the city of Van proved more difficult to analyze. Extensive population movements in and around the city happened due to the deterioration of the economic and political situation before World War I. Ottoman population count at the time recorded 79,000 Muslims and 34,000 Armenians in the city of Van, including the immediate surrounding areas.<ref>{{Citation | title = Memalik'i Osmaniye'nin 1330 Senesi Nüfus İstatistiĝi | language = tr}}.</ref> The city of Van's Armenian population was estimated to be about 30,000 people in the fall of 1914.<ref name = "WorldWork">{{cite book | title = The World's Work |last=Hines |first=Walter |year= 1919 |publisher = Doubleday, Page & Co |url = https://books.google.com/?id=8pOxaExnQ9kC&pg=RA1-PA106 | page = 106}}</ref>
 
 
<gallery caption="Geographic and Demographic maps of the [[Van Province, Ottoman Empire]]" widths="100px" perrow="5" align="center">
 
File:Vilayet.jpg|Settlements in Van Vilayet
 
File:Armenian population of Van province in 1896.png|1896, Armenian population ratios in the districts
 
File:Proportions des populations en Asie Mineure statistique officielle d1914.png|1914, Ottoman Census
 
</gallery>
 
 
{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed" style="font-size:85%;width: 100%"
 
|- valign=bottom
 
! Colspan=22 | Population Statistics of Van Province from different sources
 
|- valign=bottom
 
! align=right style='height:15.0pt; width:118pt' | Administrative Units
 
! width=53 style='width:40pt' | Total
 
! width=53 style='width:40pt' | Gender
 
! width=53 style='width:40pt' |
 
! width=49 style='width:37pt' | Islam
 
! width=53 style='width:40pt' |
 
! width=53 style='width:40pt' | Gr Total
 
! width=44 style='width:33pt' | Greek
 
! width=53 style='width:40pt' |
 
! width=53 style='width:40pt' | Gr Total
 
! width=68 style='width:51pt' | Armenian
 
! width=53 style='width:40pt' |
 
! width=67 style='width:50pt' | Gr Total
 
! width=38 style='width:29pt' | Jew
 
! width=53 style='width:40pt' |
 
! width=52 style='width:39pt' | [[Nestorianism|Nasturi]]
 
! width=53 style='width:40pt' |
 
! width=44 style='width:33pt' | Yezidi
 
! width=53 style='width:40pt' |
 
! width=54 style='width:41pt' | Keldani
 
! width=53 style='width:40pt' |
 
! width=64 style='width:48pt' | Gr Total
 
|- valign=bottom
 
| align=right |
 
|
 
| Male
 
| Female
 
| bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | Male
 
| bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | Female
 
| bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | Male
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | Female
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | Male
 
| bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | Female
 
| bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | Male
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | Female
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | Male
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | Female
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | Male
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | Female
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | Male
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | Female
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
|- valign=bottom
 
| align=right | Center (Van City)
 
| align=right | 79736
 
| align=right | 44492
 
| align=right | 35244
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | 24996
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | 20123
 
| bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 19035
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 14754
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 42%
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
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| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
|- valign=bottom
 
| align=right | [[Erciş|Ercis]]
 
| align=right | 35406
 
| align=right | 19451
 
| align=right | 15955
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | 14627
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | 12696
 
| bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 4824
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 3259
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 23%
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 461
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 367
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
|- valign=bottom
 
| align=right | [[Catak]]
 
| align=right | 23717
 
| align=right | 6939
 
| align=right | 5778
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | 4588
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | 3544
 
| bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 2193
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 2099
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 18%
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 158
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 135
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
|- valign=bottom
 
| align=right | [[Adilcevaz]]
 
| align=right | 15669
 
| align=right | 8753
 
| align=right | 6916
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | 6178
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | 4644
 
| bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 2577
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 2272
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 31%
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
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| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
|- valign=bottom
 
| align=right | [[Gevas]]
 
| align=right | 28643
 
| align=right | 16655
 
| align=right | 11988
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | 10377
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | 7786
 
| bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 6318
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 4202
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 37%
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
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| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
|- valign=bottom
 
| align=right | SubTotal
 
| align=right | 172171
 
| align=right | 96290
 
| align=right | 75881
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | 60724
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | 48,793
 
| bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 34947
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 26586
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 36%
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 461
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 367
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 158
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 135
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
|- valign=bottom
 
| align=right | Center (hakkari)
 
| align=right | 27680
 
| align=right | 15057
 
| align=right | 12623
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | 11953
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | 9895
 
| bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | &nbsp;
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#b6dde8" | 1
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 1829
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 1632
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 13%
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 424
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 412
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 850
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 684
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
|- valign=bottom
 
| align=right | [[Colemerik]]
 
| align=right | 9004
 
| align=right | 4888
 
| align=right | 4116
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | 4009
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | 3441
 
| bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 160
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 136
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 3%
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 716
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 539
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
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| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
|- valign=bottom
 
| align=right | [[Özalp (District), Van|Mahmudi]]
 
| align=right | 12959
 
| align=right | 7673
 
| align=right | 5286
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | 6239
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | 3991
 
| bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 276
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 257
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 4%
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 736
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 630
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 422
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 413
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
|- valign=bottom
 
| align=right | [[Semdinan]]
 
| align=right | 11740
 
| align=right | 5857
 
| align=right | 5883
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | 4919
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | 4954
 
| bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | &nbsp;
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 0%
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 127
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 147
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 811
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 782
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
|- valign=bottom
 
| align=right | [[Yüksekova|Gevar]]
 
| align=right | 16881
 
| align=right | 9852
 
| align=right | 7029
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | 7413
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | 5358
 
| bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 609
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 350
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 6%
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 147
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 126
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 1683
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 1185
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
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| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
|- valign=bottom
 
| align=right | [[Hosab]]
 
| align=right | 8706
 
| align=right | 4837
 
| align=right | 3869
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | 4201
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | 3490
 
| bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 636
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 379
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 12%
 
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| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | &nbsp;
 
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|- valign=bottom
 
| align=right | SubTotal
 
| align=right | 86970
 
| align=right | 48164
 
| align=right | 38806
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | 38,734
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | 31129
 
| bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | &nbsp;
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#b6dde8" | 1
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | &nbsp;
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 3510
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 2749
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 7%
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 698
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 685
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 4063
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 3200
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 736
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 630
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 422
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 413
 
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|
 
| align=right | 270141
 
| align=right | 144454
 
| align=right | 114687
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | 99500
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | 79922
 
| bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | ⇓
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#b6dde8" | 1
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#b6dde8" | 0
 
| bgcolor="#b6dde8" | ⇓
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 38457
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | 29340
 
| bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | ⇓
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 698
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 685
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 4521
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 3557
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 736
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 630
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 580
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | 548
 
| bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | ⇓
 
|- valign=bottom
 
! (Original) [[:tr:Osmanlı 1914 nüfus sayımı istatistikleri|Ottoman Census 1914]]{{Sfn | Shaw | Shaw | 1977 | pp = 239–41}}
 
! align=right | 270,141
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | '''179,422'''
 
!
 
!
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#b6dde8" | 1
 
!
 
!
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | '''67,797'''
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#e5e0ec" | '''11,955'''
 
|- valign=bottom
 
! (Corrected) Ottoman Census 1914{{Sfn | McCarthy | 1983 | pp = 110–11}}
 
! align=right | 509,000
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" | '''313,322'''
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | '''131,000'''
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
! align=right | 62,400
 
|- valign=bottom
 
! Armenian Patriarch (1913–14){{Sfn | Kevorkian | Paboudjian | 1992 | p = 60}}
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
| bgcolor="#d7e4bc" |
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" | '''110,897'''
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
|- valign=bottom
 
! Ottoman Census 1890{{Sfn | Krikorian | 1978 | p = 34}}
 
! align=right | 430,000
 
!
 
!
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" colspan="3" |Kurds: 210,000 <br>Turkic: 30,500 <br>Total Muslim: 240,500
 
!
 
!
 
!
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#fcd5b4" colspan="3" |Apostolic: 79,000 <br>Catholic:708 <br>Protestant: 290 <br />Total Armen:79,998
 
! align=right colspan=2|5,000
 
! align=right colspan=2|40,000<br>(Orthodox: 52,000) <br>Total Syrian: 92,000
 
! align=right colspan=2|5,400
 
! align=right colspan=2|6,000
 
! align=right |109,502
 
|- valign=bottom
 
! Ottoman Census 1862{{Sfn | Krikorian | 1978 | p = 33}}
 
! align=right | 418,700
 
!
 
!
 
| align="right" bgcolor="#d7e4bc" colspan="3" |Sancak Van: 90,100 <br>Sancak Hakkari: 119,000 <br />Total Muslim: 209,100
 
! align=right colspan=15|Sancak Van: 95,100 <br>Sancak Hakkari: 114,500 <br>Total Christian: 209,600
 
|}
 
 
==Prelude: Caucasian Front==
 
{{See also|Caucasus Campaign|Assyrian Genocide|Armenian Genocide}}
 
 
On 30 October 1914, after an exchange of fire during the [[pursuit of Goeben and Breslau]], the Ottoman Empire entered World War I. The province of Van was positioned between Persia and the Caucasus, and the most accessible routes that linked [[Persia]], Russia, [[Mesopotamia]] and [[Anatolia]] lay through this province.{{Sfn | Morgenthau | 1918 | p = 294}} giving Van high strategic value as a consequence of its location.{{Sfn | Morgenthau | 1918 | p = 294}}
 
 
The first engagement of the Caucasus Campaign took place on 2 November 1914 with the [[Bergmann Offensive]].{{Sfn | Hinterhoff | 1984 | p = 500}} The Russians collected victories along the Kara Kilise (renamed Karaköse in November 1919, present day [[Ağrı]]) – Beyazit ([[Doğubayazıt]]) line. Beyazit was located in the north of the Province of Van, and Armenian volunteers provided aid as auxiliary forces to Russian regiments while capturing these regions.{{Sfn | Erickson | 2001 | p = 54}}
 
 
During December 1914, [[Nicholas II of Russia]] visited the Caucasus Front. In the presence of the head of the Armenian Church and alongside [[Alexander Khatisyan]] president of the [[Armenian National Council of Tiflis|Armenian National Bureau]] in Tiflis, Nicholas II stated: "''Armenians from all countries are hurrying to enter the ranks of the glorious Russian Army, and with their blood, to serve the victory of the Russian Army... Let the Russian flag wave freely over the Dardanelles and the Bosporus, let all the peoples (Christians) remaining under the Turkish yoke receive freedom through your will. Let the Armenian people of Turkey, who have suffered for the faith of Christ, receive resurrection for a new and free life...''".{{Sfn | Shaw | Shaw | 1977 | pp = 314–15}} Ottoman War Minister [[Enver Pasha]] wanted to encircle the Russian forces between [[Sarikamish]] and [[Ardahan]]. The [[Battle of Sarikamish]] (29 December 1914 – 4 January 1915) was a disastrous defeat for Enver Pasha. For their role in this success, the Armenian volunteers received credit as natives of the region, well adjusted to the climate, familiar with every road and mountain path, and motivated to wage fierce and resolute combat.<ref name="Brit198">{{Citation | contribution = The Hugh Chisholm, 1920 | title = Encyclopædia Britannica | edition = twelfth | p = 198}}.</ref> The Armenian volunteers were small, mobile units, well adapted to semi-[[guerrilla warfare]].{{Sfn | Hacobian | 1917 | p = 77}} They worked efficiently as scouts, though they also took active roles in many conventional engagements.{{Sfn | Hacobian | 1917 | p = 77}} Armenian volunteers challenged the Ottoman operations during critical times: "the delay they caused, enabled the [[Russian Caucasus Army (World War I)|Russian Caucasus Army]] to concentrate sufficient force around Sarikamish".{{Sfn | Pasdermadjian | Torossian | 1918 | p = 22}} After he returned to Constantinople, Enver blamed his defeat on Armenians living in the region, for actively siding with Russia.{{Sfn | Balakian | 2004 | p = 200}}
 
 
On 11 December 1914 Ottoman preparations for their [[Persian Campaign]] began with Enver Pasha's order to form a provisional force that would be channeled into the planned theatre using the roads in Van Province.{{Sfn | Erickson | 2001 | p = 63}} Whilst Turkish preparations were underway, the Russians transferred Armenian General [[Tovmas Nazarbekian]] to the Russian-occupied [[Iranian Azerbaijan|Persian Azerbaijan]].{{Sfn | Pasdermadjian | Torossian | 1918 | p = 20}} [[Theodore G. Chernozubov]]'s [[Persian Cossack Brigade]] had been operationally deployed in Persia since 1906. During this period, the Ottoman authorities distributed 24,000 rifles to Kurds in Persia and the Van province.{{Sfn | Pasdermadjian | Torossian | 1918 | p = 20}}
 
 
The Ottoman [[1st Expeditionary Force (Ottoman Empire)|1st Expeditionary Force]] was assigned to Chief of Intelligence of the Ottoman General Headquarters, Staff Lieutenant Colonel [[Kâzim Karabekir|Kâzim Karabekir Bey]].{{Sfn | Erickson | 2001 | p = 63}}{{Sfn | Yayınları | 1972 | pages = 161–62}} The [[5th Expeditionary Force (Ottoman Empire)|5th Expeditionary Force]] was assigned to Staff Lieutenant Colonel [[Halil Kut|Halil Bey]], who was the uncle of Enver Pasha and would defeat the British at [[Siege of Kut|Kut al Amara]] on 29 April 1916.{{Sfn | Morgenthau | 1918 | p = 219}}
 
 
The 1st Expeditionary Force was structurally self-sufficient, capable of independent operations, supplemented with the 7th and 9th Infantry Regiments, a cavalry detachment, a field hospital, a transportation unit, an intelligence section, a mountain howitzer battalion with two batteries, a telegraph section, a field battery, an equipment repair battalion, a replacement depot and transportation assets.{{Sfn | Morgenthau | 1918 | p = 63}} On 10 January 1915, while the 1st Expeditionary Force was on its way to Persian Azerbaijan, the original plan was scrapped. Due to Turkish losses suffered at the disastrous battle of Sarikamish, the 1st Expeditionary Force found itself assigned to the [[Third Army (Ottoman Empire)|3rd Army]].{{Sfn | Morgenthau | 1918 | p = 64}} On 11 January 1915 the 5th Expeditionary Force was ordered north to Erzurum and eleven days later the 1st Expeditionary Force was ordered there as well.{{Sfn | Morgenthau | 1918 | p = 71}} The Van Gendarmerie Regiment (police force) under the command of Staff Major [[Kâzım Özalp|Köprülü Kâzım Bey]] (Özalp), who would become the [[List of Ministers of National Defence of Turkey|Minister of National Defence]] and [[List of Speakers of the Parliament of Turkey|Speaker]] of [[Grand National Assembly of Turkey]],{{Sfn | Yayınları | 1972 | pp = 178–79}} was the only force available to the Persian frontier. Earlier, on 14 December 1914, Van Mobile Gendarmerie Division had assumed the role of securing the road to Persia through the Qotur valley (Qotur Pass). This paramilitary formation was lightly equipped with artillery and machine guns, being primarily suited for internal security functions rather than for the invasion of a neighboring country.{{Sfn | Morgenthau | 1918 | p = 64}}
 
 
In addition to these military activities, during the period of 1914–15 American and German missionaries present in the area reported occurrences of massacres of the Armenian population.{{Sfn | Akçam | 2007 | p = 201}}  Such massacres intensified immediately prior to the uprising. According to one source, all of the 52 Armenian villages near Beyazit and Eleşkirt were raided, pillaged and destroyed by the [[Hamidiye (cavalry)|Hamidiye cavalry regiments]].{{Sfn | Akçam | 1999 | p = 236}}
 
 
== Forces ==
 
After the disastrous depletion of the [[Third Army (Ottoman Empire)|3rd Army]] in the [[Battle of Sarikamish]], the gendarmerie, originally charged with police duties among civilian populations, was transferred to the 3rd Army in an attempt to restore combat effectiveness of the Ottoman Army's operational military forces. On 24 February 1915, the Ottomans were forced to send the Harput, Diyarbakir, and Bitlis gendarmerie units to the city of Van.{{Sfn | Erickson | 2001 | p = 62}} There were 52,000 Ottoman troops in the Caucuses war zone during this period, with 75% located at the northern war zone, beyond the province of Van.{{Sfn | Erickson | 2001 | p = 106}} The Ottoman units in the Van province consisted of Van Gendarmerie subdivisions that remained under the control of the Governor. The Van Gendarmerie Division also contained the artillery unit under Rafael de Nogale. The 36th Infantry Division was assembled from Mesopotamia under orders to control the southern part, near Lake Van.{{Sfn | Erickson | 2001 | p = 105}} The 1st Expeditory Force held the front to the south of Lake Van.{{Sfn | Erickson | 2001 | p = 105}}
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
|-
 
!colspan=2 |The 3 Army units in Van province (4 June){{Sfn | Erickson | 2001 | p = 106}}
 
|-
 
|Van Gendarmerie Division
 
|2,500
 
|-
 
|36th Infantry Division
 
|5,400
 
|-
 
|1st Expeditionary Force
 
|7,500
 
|-
 
|Bagdat Regiment
 
|560
 
|-
 
|Total
 
|15,960
 
|}
 
 
One battalion, dubbed "the butcher battalion ({{lang-tr|kasab taburu}})" numbered some 5,000 men.{{Sfn | Walker | 1990 | page = 211}}
 
 
[[File:Van 1915 Armenian preparations.png|thumb|From Ussher, Armenians making cartridges by hand{{Sfn | Ussher | 1917 | p = 254}}]]
 
The Armenian population in the city had taken measures as well. The city management had established a unified authority ("The Military Defense Authority") consisting of Armenak Ekarian, Aram Manukian, Kaytsak Arakel, Bulgaratsi Gregory, Gabriel Semerjian, Hrant Galikian and Panos Terlemezian. Support services were set up and distribution of food, medical aid, and arms shop (an established manufacture of gunpowder and arms that was capable of casting two guns), were organized. The Women's Union was founded at this time, mainly engaged in manufacturing clothing for combatants. In the face of imminent danger, representatives of various Armenian political parties (Ramkavar, Dashnaks) rallied together. The Van defenders numbered no more than 1500 combatants, who had only 505 rifles and 750 Mauser pistols and a small supply of ammunition. The Military Defense Authority issued orders to use ammunition with extra caution. The Aykesdan neighborhood was divided into 7 sectors of defense, with 79 distinct positions.<ref>{{Cite book|title=Van 1915 : the great events of Vasbouragan|last=A-Dō, 1867-1954|publisher=|others=Sarafian, Ara, 1961-|year=|isbn=9781909382374|location=London|pages=142|oclc=1013977931}}</ref> Researcher [[Thomas De Waal]] states that "it has been called both a rebellion and a heroic act of resistance by Armenians against a government that intended to kill them" and "it had elements of both".<ref>Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide, Thomas de Waal, 2015, {{ISBN|0199350698}}, p. 31</ref>
 
<gallery caption="Forces" widths="150px" perrow="5">
 
File:Rafael de Nogales Mendez.png|[[Rafael de Nogales Méndez]], a Venezuelan officer who served in the Ottoman army, participated in the Siege of Van and after the war wrote one of the best{{who|date=June 2019}}<!--Who says it is one of the best accounts?--> accounts of the battle and its aftermath.
 
File:Nogales with Kurdish guard.jpg|[[Rafael de Nogales Méndez]] with his [[Kurdish people|Kurdish]] guard during the siege of Van.
 
File:Van 1915.png|The ARF leaders from left to right: Harutyun, Aram Manukian, [[Ishkhan (fedayi)|Ishkhan]] and Sogho
 
File:Aram Manoogian.gif|[[Aram Manukian]] had been the leader throughout the conflicts. He was made [[Occupation of Turkish Armenia|governor of the province]]{{Sfn | Ussher | 1917 | p = 288}}
 
</gallery>
 
 
==Timeline==
 
The most important change during the Defense of Van was the transfer of [[Wāli|Governor]] [[Hasan Tahsin Uzer|Hasan Tahsin Pasha]] to Erzurum and his replacement with [[Djevdet Bey]].{{Sfn | Ussher | 1917 | p = 233}} Djevdet Bey was the brother-in-law of Enver Pasha, and was accompanied by [[Rafael de Nogales Méndez]]. De Nogales was assigned with the permission of the [[Third Army (Ottoman Empire)|3rd Army]]'s commanding German officer to oversee the Ottoman [[Gendarmerie]] units under the new governor. The Armenian leaders were [[Aram Manukian]], the regional party leader of [[Armenian Revolutionary Federation]] (ARF), [[Armenak Yekarian]] from the ranks of [[Armenakans]], [[Nikoghayos Poghos Mikaelian]] (Ishkhan), a member of the ARF, and [[Arshak Vramian]], he deputy of the [[Second Constitutional Era (Ottoman Empire)|Ottoman Parliament]] from Van. Vramian was also an old classmate of Djevdet's.{{Sfn | Ussher | 1917 | p = 233}}
 
 
===Djevdet's reign===
 
During July 1914, Arshak Vramian, the deputy of the Van province, attended the negotiations with the [[Committee of Union and Progress]] (CUP) as a liaison for the [[Armenian congress at Erzurum]]. The public conclusion of this congress was "Ostensibly conducted to peacefully advance Armenian demands by legitimate means".{{Sfn | Hovannisian | 1997 | p = 244}} Armenian sources say that local Armenian leaders Aram Manukian, Arshak Vramian, Nikoghayos Poghos Mikaelian (Ishkhan), and Armenak Yekaryan told the Armenians of Van to remain loyal to the Ottoman government and not to antagonize it.{{Sfn | Walker | 1990 | p = 206}} The Turkish CUP regarded the Armenian congress as a seedbed for establishing the decision for the Turkish feared Armenian insurrection.{{Sfn | Erickson | 2001 | p = 97}} Historian Erickson concluded that after this meeting, the CUP was convinced of strong Armenian-Russian links, with Erickson surmising that these links included detailed plans for the detachment of the region from the Ottoman Empire.{{Sfn | Erickson | 2001 | p = 97}} Later, in September 1914, Turkish military operations, which included the search for arms, ammunition and operational documents, began. On 20 October 1914, the Turkish 4th Reserve Cavalry Regiment, patrolling Hasankale, reportedly discovered rifles hidden in Armenian homes.{{Sfn | Erickson | 2001 | p = 97}} During this period, large numbers of Armenians with weapons were moving into Mush, Bitlis, and Van.{{Sfn | Erickson | 2001 | p = 97}} Historian Erickson concluded that "before the war began, indicators of potentially violent intent accumulated, as the authorities found bombs and weapons hidden in Armenian homes".{{Sfn | Erickson | 2001 | p = 97}} On the other hand, Nogales witnessed Ottoman army units photographing their own weapons and merely claiming that they had been found in Armenian houses and churches.{{Sfn | Akçam | 2006 | p = 199}}
 
 
As early as 5 November 1914, a major attack by the Russians on the [[Third Army (Ottoman Empire)|3rd Army]]'s defensive lines in the Van Province was under way. This offensive complicated Turkish perceptions of Armenian intentions. The Russians began larger operations toward Saray and Van by 19 November.{{Sfn | Erickson | 2001 | p = 46}} In November, the Turkish Gendarmerie units of the provincial security apparatus of the Governors changed hands, reverting to Turkish military command. This change included the units commanded by the governor of Van. The Van Gendarmerie and Van reserve cavalry divisions were assigned to the Third Army.{{Sfn | Erickson | 2001 | p = 42}} The Van Gendarmerie Division was placed under the command of Major Ferid, while  Governor Djevdet kept only a small contingent.
 
 
During December 1914, Djevdet Bey issued orders to secure the west of the province of Van, as Ottoman forces moved to start the Persian Campaign. CUP negotiators were sent to Erzurum and Van before Djevdet Bey left the city. These negotiators and Djevdet Bey wanted to test the loyalty of the Van Armenians. After their first attempt with the Armenian Congress, they wanted to see once again if they would agree to stage an uprising in Russian Armenia.<ref>{{Citation | first = David | last = Gaunt | title = Massacres, Resistance, Protectors | page = 57}}.</ref> Djevdet demanded that Armenians furnish 4,000 volunteers, according to [[conscription in the Ottoman Empire]]. The Armenians refused to do this. Ussher states that "it was clear that Djevdet's goals were to massacre the able bodied men of Van so as there would be no defenders, as he had done in the villages under the pretexts of arms searches, searches that had turned into massacres. The Armenians, parleying to gain time, offered to furnish five hundred soldiers and to pay exemption money for the rest." The Armenian conscription became an issue again when Djevdet returned to the city in April, during the Armenian Easter of 1915.{{Sfn | Ussher | 1917 | p = 233}} Djevdet asked one more time for the Armenians to furnish conscripts to be used for the establishment of Ottoman fortifications. Ussher would say "the Armenians who had practically decided to give the Vali [Jevdet] the four thousand men he had demanded, now dared not do so for they felt certain he intended to put the four thousand to death." Djevdet did not receive any Armenian soldiers from the city of Van after either requests.
 
 
Persian Azerbaijan had a large Christian population, mostly Armenian and Assyrian. Many of them fled with the retreating Russian army in a winter trek to the Russian border town of [[Julfa, Azerbaijan (city)|Julfa]]. Those that remained endured a period of looting and massacre; many villages were plundered and destroyed. After an unsuccessful campaign led by Djevdet Bey to capture [[Khoy|Khoi]], {{convert|160|km|0|abbr=off}} north-west of Tabriz, Djevdet ordered the killing of about 800 people—mostly old men, women and children—in the [[Salmas]] district (to the north-east of Lake Urmia) in early March.{{Sfn | Walker | 1990 | p = 205}}
 
 
On 25 February 1915, the 3rd Army and the all Gendarmerie commands, including the Van Gendarmerie, received Directive 8682, titled "Increased Security Precautions".{{Sfn | Erickson | 2001 | p = 98}} This directive noted increased dissident Armenian activity in Bitlis, Aleppo, Dortyol and Kayseri, and identified Russian and French influence and activities in these areas.{{Sfn | Erickson | 2001 | p = 98}} The Operations Division directed that the Third and the Fourth Armies increase their surveillance and security measures.{{Sfn | Erickson | 2001 | p = 98}} To contrast the directive, Felix Guse, commander in chief of the 3rd Army, wrote that there was no proof that the Armenians had planned or had any intentions of mounting a general uprising.{{Sfn | Dadrian | 2002}}{{Page needed |date=March 2015}}
 
 
On 23 March 1915, the 1st Expeditionary Force arrived in the vicinity of the city of Van and later stayed to the south of Van during the conflicts.{{Sfn | Erickson | 2001 | p = 64}}
 
[[File:Van3.jpg|thumb|Armenians digging trenches]]
 
 
===Early stages===
 
Prior to these events, killings of Armenian males in the Van region were reported by neutral observers.{{Sfn | Erickson | 2001 | pp = 99–100}}
 
 
Djevdet's extremism towards Armenians was more open: ''"a man of dangerously unpredictable moods, friendly one moment, ferociously hostile the next, capable of treacherous brutality"'',{{Sfn | Walker | 1990 | p = 206}} he had been nicknamed "Nalband Bey" (Lord Blacksmith) after atrocities committed at [[Başkale]] in which he had nailed horseshoes onto his victims' feet.{{Sfn | Ter Minassian | 2000 | p = 215}}
 
 
Upon returning to Van, Djevdet "instigated a reign of terror in the outlying villages of the province on the pretext of searching for arms." In the process, the Ottoman gendarmeries killed many Armenians.{{Sfn | Ter Minassian | 2000 | p = 215}} The Armenian leaders of Van in the meanwhile implored the people to endure in silence. "''Better,''" they said, "''that some villages be burned and destroyed unavenged than give the slightest pretext to the Moslems for a general massacre.''".<ref name="Blue Book p. 35">{{Citation | title = Blue Book | publisher = British Parliament | year = 1916 | page = 35}}.</ref> However, there were also reports at the same time of Turks lynching Kurdish soldiers responsible for particularly harsh atrocities.{{Sfn | Kloian | 1980 | p = 11}}
 
{{quote | Some of the rules for [the Armenian defenders of Van] were: 'Keep clean; do not drink; tell the truth; do not curse the religion of the enemy.<ref name= "Blue Book p. 35" />{{Sfn | Ussher | 1917 | p = 251}}}}
 
 
During this time, the massacres, under the pretext of an arms search, continued.{{Sfn | Brumlik | 2004 | p = 129}} Later, Armenians attacked an Ottoman patrol, to Djevdet's anger.{{Sfn | Mazian | 1990 | p = 89}} Alarmed, Armenians in Van requested Dr. [[Clarence Ussher]], a missionary and representative of the United States, to mediate between them and Djevdet. Djevdet attempted to violate the diplomatic immunity of Ussher's compound by trying to garrison 50 Ottoman soldiers inside.{{Sfn | Ussher | 1917 | p = 239}} It became clear to Ussher that mediation attempts would be futile. However, reports at the time were also showing that the Armenians had begun to gather volunteers for an organized defense.{{Sfn | Kloian | 1980 | p = 11}}
 
[[File:Defense of Van 1915.jpg|thumb|Armenians in the trenches]]
 
 
On 15 April, Armenians had mustered a force at [[Erciş]] (Ardjish) by Gendarmerie.{{Sfn | Toynbee | Bryce | 1916 | p = 109}} Earlier, the tax collectors, accompanied by gendarmeries, went to north Van province to count the sheep which dictated the villagers' tax rates. Erciş was an administrative unit with 80 Armenian villages at north of Van.{{Sfn | Toynbee | Bryce | 1916 | p = 38}} The tax collector gave the Sultan's recital of order regarding the calculation of tax values.{{Sfn | Toynbee | Bryce | 1916 | p = 109}} Disagreement ensued between the villagers and the tax collector. The disagreement turned to conflict and extended to the ''gendarmerie'' unit in Banat, reaching other centers from there. Violence in the countryside reached a peak on 19 April, where 2,500 males in Erciş killed in a single day.{{Sfn | Hovannisian | 1997 | p = 251}}
 
[[File:1915 April Van initial Armenian position.svg|thumb|Initial position]]
 
 
On 17 April, Djevdet ordered his battalions to annihilate Shatakh. The ill-disciplined force instead attacked Armenian villages located nearer to Van.{{Sfn | Bloxham | 2005 | p = 77}} On the same day, Arshak Vramian was arrested.{{Sfn | Ussher | 1917 | p = 236}} A schoolmaster was also arrested in Shadakh in mid-April. There had been a local demonstration in his favor.{{citation needed |date=March 2011}} Several prominent Armenians, led by Nikoghayos Poghos Mikaelian ([[Ishkhan (fedayi)|Ishkhan]]), went to this town at the request of Djevdet. Nikoghayos Poghos Mikaelian and other prominent Armenians were stopped midway at Hirj and murdered on 17 April.{{Sfn | Hovannisian | 2000 | pp =217–8}} Among the three leaders of the ARF only Aram Manugian escaped. Djevdet also took action against the leaders of the ARF in Van. For the resistance, this was a sign that the city was not safe. Djevdet was believed to have thought that, by killing leaders of the Armenian parties, he would destroy the cohesion of the resistance. The minister of interior [[Mehmed Talat]] Bey with his [[s:Circular on 24 April 1915|order on 24 April]] (known by the Armenians as the [[Red Sunday]]) requested the arrest of the leaders of Armenian community in the Ottoman capital and other centers. They were held in two holding centers near Ankara. Arshak Vramian was sent to the capital with a guard, and was reported to have been killed along the way.{{Sfn | Herrera | p = 62}}
 
 
===City under siege, 20 April===
 
On 20 April, the Ottoman soldiers seized an Armenian woman who wanted to enter the city.{{Sfn | Morgenthau | 1918 | p = 298}} Two Armenian men that came to help were shot dead.{{Sfn | Morgenthau | 1918 | p = 298}} Armenians attacked an Ottoman patrol to Djevdet's anger.{{Sfn | Mazian | 1990 | p = 89}} This act led the Ottoman military forces to open fire upon the Armenian quarters of the city with artillery, effectively laying it under siege. This section of the city was called "Western Garden City".{{Sfn | Morgenthau | 1918 | p = 298}} Henry Morgenthau's account of the activities does not mention the events of 14 April, during which a part of Armenians, self-named [[Druzhina|Druzhiny]] seized the lake side city of Van in a fierce battle.{{sfn| Erickson | 2001 | p=99}} In support of the local forces, Turks rushed the Van Gendarmerie Division, under the command of Djevdet, to contain and crush this group.{{sfn|Erickson |2001|p= 99}}
 
 
[[File:Dashnak courier, Van 1917.jpg|200px|thumb|Dashnak courier boy in Van who served Aram Manukian, 1917]]
 
Armenian civilian forces fought in two disconnected sets of battles inside the city of Van. These battles were in the "Old City" (Kale District) and in the "Garden City" (Aygestan). The conflict in Garden City consisted of skirmishes along the Armenian and Muslim quarters. Both sides had fortified buildings and trenches along the opposite side. The Armenian church at Arak was burned by Djevdet's forces. The initial line was held by Armenian civilian forces throughout the conflict. As part of their strategy, they also attacked the nearby Ottoman barracks, but besides this, they did not take much offensive action. Though enemy artillery was largely ineffectual, they had superiority in men and arms.{{citation needed|date=December 2010}}
 
 
On 25 April, the first small group of refugees from the country side arrived to the city through the road to Shushantz which was kept open by the Armenian civilian forces.<ref>{{cite journal|last=Mekhitarian|first= Onnig | title =Defense of Van|journal=Armenian Review|year=1949|volume=2|issue=Summer|page=125|url = https://books.google.com/books?id=AzIiAQAAIAAJ}}</ref>
 
 
The Armenian defenders of Van, under the leadership of Aram Manukian, established a local provisional government dealing with defense, provisions, administration, and foreign relations, to ensure that the neutrality of foreign property was respected. Judges, police, and health officials were appointed.{{Sfn | Walker | 1990 | p = 207}} It soon became urgent to get a messenger out to inform the Russians of events. Several messengers, with messages sewn into their garments, were sent out, and twelve of them got through.{{sfn|Ussher|1917|p= 286}}
 
 
<gallery caption="The city of Van during the Resistance" widths="100px" perrow="5">
 
File:Van2.jpg|Defense line at the "old city", [[Van Fortress]]
 
File:Van1.jpg|From Ussher, Armenians defending the trenches below the mission compound{{sfn|Ussher|1917|p= 254}}
 
File:Van April 1915 Armenians.png|
 
File:Van April 1915 Armenian group.png|
 
File:Van April 1915 cannons captured by the Armenians.png|The cannons captured by the Armenians
 
</gallery>
 
 
===Russian relief, May===
 
[[File:RussianTroops Van1915.jpg|thumb|On 17 May, Russian cavalry and a detachment of Russian Armenian volunteers arrived to relieve the Armenian garrison of Van]]
 
On 28 April, [[Nikolai Yudenich]] ordered 2nd Transbaikal Cossack Brigade of General Trukhin{{Sfn | Allen | Muratoff | 2011 | p = [https://books.google.com/books?id=oDb6P0HXwIcC&pg=PA300 299]}} and the [[Armenian volunteer units|Araratian volunteer brigade]] commanded by [[Sargis Mehrabyan]] (Vartan) to be dispatched from Yerevan towards Van.{{Sfn | Pasdermadjian | Torossian | 1918 | p = 22}}{{Sfn | Hinterhoff | 1984 | pp = 1153–57}} One of the twelve dispatched Armenian messengers reached Persia.{{sfn|Ussher|1917|p=286}} An Armenian volunteer unit commanded by [[Andranik Ozanian]], and a division commanded by Chernoroyal dispatched from Persia, were also sent on 8 May.
 
 
On 30 April, the number of refugees in the city totaled 15,000, the greater part of the refugees those fleeing from the countryside as they began to pour into city.{{Sfn | Morgenthau | 1918 | p = 275}} The Armenians in the city at this time reached 30,000 residents, and 15,000 refugees in an area of roughly one square kilometer of the Armenian Quarter and suburb of Aigestan. Djevdet allowed Armenian survivors from the villages to enter the city through his lines. It is stated that this strategy was aimed to subdue the defenders with more ease. After easily fighting off the initial assaults, Armenian forces had great problems with their supply of ammunition. Armenians employed all sorts of devices to draw the fire of the enemy and waste their ammunition in turn. Their bullet and cartridge manufacturing reached 2,000 a day. The defenders also improvised mortars and barricades, and reportedly made use of anything they could find.
 
 
[[File:General Andranik Armenak Yekarian Group of Defenders of Van 1915.jpg|thumb|[[General Andranik]] and [[Armenak Yekarian]] with Group of Defenders of Van]]
 
On 6 May, a major Russian offensive toward Anatolia developed.{{sfn|Erickson|2001|p=105}} The Ottoman defensive lines consisted of the [[X Corps (Ottoman Empire)|X]] and [[XI Corps (Ottoman Empire)|XI Corps]] and the [[5th Expeditionary Force (Ottoman Empire)|5th Expeditionary Force]] at the north flank located beyond the province of Van.{{sfn |Erickson|2001|p= 105}} The north flank of the Russian advance, from Tortum valley toward Erzurum, was not part of the operations in Van. However, as part of this Russian offensive, the Ottoman 1st Expeditionary Force and the Van Cavalry Brigade were pushed back from their initial positions by Russian soldiers and Armenian voluenteers advancing toward the city of Van.{{sfn|Erickson|2001|p=105}} On 12 May, the town of Ardjish at the north of province of Van was relieved. Djevdet sent one cannon and two hundred men from the city of Van to face this group at the [[Muradiye (District), Van|Bargiri]] (Muradiye). However, it was a late move and far too weak to stop this advance. On 6 May, the conflicts around the [[Van Fortress|citadel of Van]] (in the Kale District) were over.<ref>Verzhine Svazlyan, Armenian massacres, 1915–1923, page 43</ref>
 
 
On the evening of 14 May, a group of ships filled with Turkish women and children evacuating the region sailed from Van. More ships followed the next day. On 16 May, an Ottoman bombardment of 46 shells covered the retreat of the Turkish units. At the same time, there were reports of up to 6,000 Armenians being killed.<ref>New York Times. 6000 Armenians Killed. London. 17 May 1915, reproduced in: The Armenian Genocide. "Compiled by Richard Diran Kloian." 1980. page 17</ref> Contemporary New York Times reports during April–June 1915 attributed the massacres and fighting to Kurdish auxiliary forces rather than Turkish units.<ref>The Armenian Genocide. "Compiled by Richard Diran Kloian." 1980. page 11-17</ref>
 
 
Djevdet abandoned the city on the night between 16 and 17 May and retreated toward Bashkale, joining the [[1st Expeditionary Force (Ottoman Empire)|1st Expeditionary Force]] under the command of [[Lieutenant Colonel|Kaymakam]] [[Halil Kut|Halil Bey (Kut)]].<ref>[[Ali İhsan Sâbis]], ''Birinci Dünya Harbi'', 2. cilt, Nehir Yayınları, {{ISBN|975-551-067-2}}, p. 437. {{in lang|tr}}</ref>
 
 
On 17 May, Armenian civilian forces officially had control of the town. At the same time, the advance guard of the Russian forces, which pushed the 1st and 3rd Ottoman Cavalry Brigades from the city of [[Manzikert]] since 11 May, reached the northern area of the province and extended up to the shores of Lake Van, and the advance guard of Russian forces already in the town pushed the Ottoman forces with a continued press to the south of city. These retreating Ottoman forces experienced logistical shortages caused by the interdiction of lines of communication. Soon after, the Russian regulars followed them.{{Sfn | Hovannisian | 1967}}{{Pages needed |date=March 2015}}
 
 
According to Ussher, on 18 May, the group dispatched from Persia reached the city of Van.{{Sfn | Ussher | 1917 | p = 286}} By 20 May, the main centers of the Van province were occupied by Russians. On 23 May 1915, a detachment of Russian soldiers occupied the town of Van, thus bringing eagerly awaited relief to the Armenians, who were besieged by the Ottomans.{{Sfn | Reynolds | Churchill | Miller | 1916 | p = 478}} However, the Russians were busy fighting against the Ottomans and they did not have control of the countryside. The only power left in the countryside consisted of Armenian civilian forces.
 
 
General Trukhin's 2nd Transbaikal Cossack Brigade did not reach Beghrikale until 24 May. [[Tovmas Nazarbekian|General Nazarbekov]]'s 2nd Caucasian Rifle Brigade had been ordered to support Truhin was at Bashkale on 7 May. On 31 May, Trukhin entered city. On the same day, Truhin's patrol and Nazarbekov's advance-guard came into contact between Van and Hoshap.{{Sfn | Allen | Muratoff | 2011 | page = 300}}
 
 
General Yudenich received the keys to the city and citadel after his arrival. He confirmed the [[Armenian provisional government]]. Aram Manukian was appointed the governor of Van province. Armenakis Yekarian became the police chief. Fighting shifted farther west for the rest of the summer with the city of Van secure.{{Sfn | Hinterhoff | 1984 | pp = 1153–57}} Upon the arrival of the Russians the Ottomans retreated west of Lake Van in the direction of Bitlis.
 
<gallery>
 
File:Van 1915 bird’s eye view.png|The bird's eye view of the city in 1913 and 1915
 
File:Van bird’s eye view 1915.png|City of Van neighborhood in closeup
 
</gallery>
 
 
== The aftermath ==
 
[[File:Armenian armed horsemen in Van.jpg|thumb|Armenian cavalry]]
 
Throughout June and July, as Turkish and Russian forces battled to the north of the Van region, thousands of Armenians from Mush and other neighbouring provinces started flooding into the city of Van. There were as many as 250,000 Armenians crowded into the city.<ref name="shaw">Shaw, Stanford Jay; Shaw, Ezel Kural. ''History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey.'' Cambridge University Press. 1977, p. 316</ref> This included people who broke away from the deportation columns as they passed the vicinity of the province on their way to Mosul.<ref name="shaw"/> Before the crisis, the city of Van had housed and fed no more than 50,000 people.
 
 
On 5 June 1915, the northern shores of lake Van were devoid of Ottoman forces.{{sfn|Erickson|2001|p=105}} The Russians, advancing on lines to the north of Lake Van, pushed further west toward the Turkish city of Mush.{{sfn|Erickson|2001|p=105}} As part of this new drive, the Russian army redeployed forces from the province of Van around the north side of Lake Van to the town of Manzikert, intending a new offensive into Anatolia, toward Mush. The losses taken by the [[Third Army (Ottoman Empire)|Ottoman 3rd Army]] during the preceding Enver winter offensive had created a salient in the Turkish southern flank of their Caucasus front, a salient that created an initial opportunity for Russian forces.{{sfn|Erickson|2001|p=105}} However, this opportunity was short lived and six weeks later the Russian forces suffered reverses that would have severe consequences for the Armenian population in the city of Van.
 
 
On 11 July, during a reorganisation of Turkish forces, Van province was assigned the responsibility of the [[XVIII Corps (Ottoman Empire)#World War I|Right Wing Group]] (''Sağ Cenah Grubu'') of the 3rd Army, along with the other southern provinces. [[Mirliva]] [[Kerim Pasha|Abdulkerim Pasha]] was assigned as commander and Enver Pasha ordered this formation to be an independent operational entity of the 3rd Army. Mirliva Abdulkerim Pasha managed to stop the Russian advance by 16 July.
 
 
=== The first evacuation, July 1915 ===
 
[[File:Armenian refugees at Van crowding around a public oven during 1915.png|thumb|Armenian refugees at Van<ref>Morgenthau, Henry. ''"The "Revolution" at Van". Ambassador Morgenthau's Story''. Doubleday, Page & Company, 1918, p. 314</ref>]]
 
On 16 July, the Ottoman Army, having concentrated more forces than the Russians, thwarted a planned Russian offensive and pushed the Russian Army back at the [[Battle of Manzikert (1915)|Battle of Manzikert]] (10–26 July 1915), capturing the city. There then followed the [[Battle of Kara Killisse (1915)|Battle of Kara Killisse]] which saw the Russian recapture of Manzikert. As a result of these operations to the north of Lake Van, the Russians evacuated their remaining combat forces from the city of Van. [[Armen Garo]], and his assistant, [[Khetcho]] asked General Abatzieff to permit the Armenian inhabitants in the Van area to move with the Russian army toward [[Igdir]]. This request was rejected on the grounds that the movement of vital Russian army transports could not done promptly if hampered by refugees.<ref name="Aram30"/> For eight consecutive days during July, General Nikolaeff kept the Armenian leaders idle. The Russian General told them every day that he would not retreat under any circumstances, and that therefore it was entirely needless to remove the people.<ref name="Aram30"/>
 
 
On 18 July, General Nikolaeff sent a dispatch to Aram Manukian, and Sargis Mehrabyan (Vartan) for evacuation.<ref name="Aram30">Pasdermadjian, Garegin; Aram Torossian. ''Why Armenia Should be Free: Armenia's Role in the Present War''. Hairenik Pub. Co. 1918, pp. 30</ref> General Trokin was in the city at this time. He offered to evacuate the Armenian population to Russian territory through the northern passages. General Trokin received a dispatch just after five hours to leave the city and exit through Persia.{{sfn|Ussher|1917|p=312}} This left the Armenian volunteers as the only defenders of the Armenian refugees. "The panic was indescribable. After a long resistance to Djevdet Bey, after the city's liberation, after an establishment of an Armenian governorship, all was blighted."<ref name="shaw"/> Armenian civilian forces drew the attention of four Ottoman divisions and tens of thousands of Kurds during their retreat.<ref name="Aram24">Pasdermadjian, Garegin; Aram Torossian. ''Why Armenia Should be Free: Armenia's Role in the Present War''. Hairenik Pub. Co. 1918, pp. 24</ref> The battalions of Armenian volunteers took no active part in the battles of July. They were undertaking the heavy duty of rear guard work for the Russian army and the Armenian refugees in the district of Van.<ref name="Aram30"/>
 
 
[[File:Van 1915 mountain trails.png|thumb|Refugees at the Mountain Passes, such as the Pass of Beghrikale.]]
 
On 4 August, Russian forces from Van made an exit toward Persia and took defensive positions at the [[Muradiye (District), Van|Bargiri]], [[Saray (District), Van|Saray]] and Hoshap districts of Van province. The refugee group following the Russian forces were stopped by Kurdish forces while they crossed the mountain passes to the north of [[Çaldıran (District), Van|Pass of Beghrikale]]. At the Pass of Berkri Kale, the Armenian refugees suffered major casualties.{{citation needed|date=March 2011}} Refugees that reached the other side were assisted by Armenian relief agencies.{{citation needed|date=March 2011}}
 
 
On 5 August, Russian forces making an exit toward the Russian Caucasus from Van retreated {{convert|20|km|0|abbr=on}} into Russian territory, the Russian retreat followed up by the Ottoman Right Wing. Abdülkerim Pasha had earlier sought permission before leaving the Van Province to advance into Russian territory. Enver Pasha personally gave the order to advance up to Eleşkirt and Kara Kilise and clear the border region of all Russian elements.
 
 
In early August 1915, nearly 200,000 refugees fleeing behind the retreating Russian forces swarmed into Transcaucasia.<ref name="shaw"/> There were two major groups of refugees that left the city; one group which left under the protection of Armenian volunteers; and another group which tried to leave by their own means. Nearly 150,000 Armenian inhabitants were compelled to leave all their property at the mercy of enemy fire and flee toward Yerevan under the protection of volunteers.<ref name="Aram24"/> The refugees under volunteer protection suffered a loss between 8,000 and 10,000 men, women, and children.<ref name="Aram30"/> More than 5,000 refugees died fighting tribal attacks in the mountain crossings. As many as 40,000 Armenians perished during this flight, the majority being those in columns lacking volunteer protection.<ref name="shaw"/> The commander of Armenian volunteer units later claimed: "If the Russian general had given an opportunity of seven or eight days to organize the retreat, it would have been possible to direct the people to Erivan without the loss of a single life.<ref name="Aram30"/>
 
 
On 29 September 1915, the Ottoman Army left the city of Van after staying for roughly one month. The Ottoman retreat was forced following defeats suffered by their armies in other regions of the Caucasus front, and in part because of the relative isolation during the World War I era of  Van from Anatolian Turkey.{{efn|As an explanation for the military impacts of geography, see Collins J., 'Military Geography', Brassey's, London, 1998. Pages 102–106 provide specific advice on the impact mountains can have on military operations.}} Some of the Armenian residents who escaped to Transcaucasia returned.{{citation needed|date=March 2011}}
 
 
On 19 January 1916, the Turkish defeat at the [[Battle of Koprukoy]] saw Russian forces advance once again towards Erzurum, a city laying halfway between Lake Van and the Black Sea. The Province of Van was under the Administration of Western Armenia until 1918. The conflicts between 1916 and 1918 were shifted to the west, to the north-west at the battle of Mush, and to the south-west at the [[battle of Bitlis]] of the Van Province.
 
 
=== The final evacuation, April 1918 ===
 
[[File:Van 1917 Church used by the military.png|thumb|1917, The church became the military headquarters]]
 
The [[Russian Revolution of 1917]] changed the situation in the region again. The Russian armies began to disintegrate.<ref name="40000,788"/> Van was completely cut off from the Allies. The British Army did not move very far beyond Baghdad in the [[Mesopotamian campaign]].<ref name="40000,788"/> Armenians of Van attempted to hold their ground<ref name="40000,788">Northcote, Dudley S. ''"Saving Forty Thousand Armenians". Current History''. New York Times Company, 1922, pp. 788</ref> and were joined in the defense by Assyrians.<ref name="40000,788"/>
 
 
On 3 March 1918, the Grand vizier [[Talat Pasha]] signed the [[Treaty of Brest-Litovsk]] with the [[Russian SFSR]]. The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk stipulated that the border be pulled back to prewar levels and the cities of [[Batum]], [[Kars]], and [[Ardahan]] to be transferred to Ottoman Empire. Early in 1918 the [[Third Army (Ottoman Empire)|Ottoman 3rd Army]] moved to an offensive against Armenians. [[Vehib Pasha]] executed the offensive in three wings. On the right wing, Van province was assigned to [[IV Corps (Ottoman Empire)|IV Corps]]. IV Corps assignment was to extend to [[Doğubeyazıt|Beyazit]].
 
 
In April 1918, Armenians of Van resisted in Van one more time. On 4 April, the city of Van started changing hands several times. The Ottoman Army again controlled of city of Van by 6 April, followed by Beyazit on 14 April.{{sfn|Erickson|2001|p=105}} Armenians of Van were eventually forced to evacuate and withdraw from the province of Van. Armenians of Van retreated eastward toward Persian Azerbaijan.<ref name="40000,789"/> They made a stand near Dilman. They repulsed the Ottomans once there, at the [[Battle of Dilman]] (1918), but, on being attacked again, were compelled to retreat southward around Lake Urmiah.<ref name="40000,789"/> In pursuit of the Van Armenians and Assyrian mountaineers, the Ottoman 3rd Army clashed with Urmieh Assyrians, which made them refugees as well, in this retreat southward toward Mesopotamia.<ref name="40000,789">Northcote, Dudley S. ''"Saving Forty Thousand Armenians". Current History''. New York Times Company, 1922, pp. 789</ref>
 
 
[[File:Armenian refugees 1918.jpg|thumb|Armenians from Van districts; passing through Ruz on their way to Bakuba refugee camp]]
 
During July 1918 the British Army occupied the greater portion of Mesopotamia during the [[Mesopotamian Campaign]], as well as a large part of Persian Azerbaijan during the [[Persian Campaign]]. Preparations were made for the establishment of a large camp for Armenian and Assyrian refugees near [[Bakubah]], Iraq.<ref name="40000,790"/>
 
 
During the first week of September 1918, retreating Armenians from Van came to the Bakubah refugee camp in parties of 1,000 or 2,000, by road and by train.<ref name="40000,790"/> Many of them were suffering from dysentery, typhus and relapsing fever, and there was a small epidemic of smallpox among the children.<ref name="40000,790">Northcote, Dudley S. ''"Saving Forty Thousand Armenians". Current History''. New York Times Company, 1922, pp. 790</ref> There were many who died along the road because of weakness and starvation.<ref name="40000,790"/> This went on through September and the first half of October, until about 40,000 had been received in all.<ref name="40000,790"/> Towards the end of September it was decided to raise four battalions from among the Armenians on the lines of an Indian infantry battalion.<ref name="Austin"/> The 2nd Battalion was established by Van Armenians. The 3rd Battalion was established by Armenians from other regions. The G.O.C. North Persian Force decided to locate the 2nd Battalion around [[Sanandaj|Senna]], while the 3rd Battalion moved to [[Bijar (city)|Bijar]].<ref name="Austin">Austin, H. H. ''The Baqubah Refugee Camp''. Gorgias Press. 2006 from the 1920 edition, pp. 13</ref>
 
 
On 30 October 1918, the Ottoman Empire signed the [[Armistice of Mudros]] and military operations ended.
 
 
==Results==
 
 
=== Reports on self-defense ===
 
The consulates of the United States, Germany, and Austria-Hungary, as well as a number of Ottoman officials, recorded and documented reasons for the Van uprising:
 
{{Quote | I have told this story of the "Revolution" in Van not only because it marked the first stage in this organized attempt to wipe out a whole nation, but because these events are always brought forward by the Turks as a justification of their subsequent crimes. As I shall relate, Enver, Talaat, and the rest, when I appealed to them in behalf of the Armenians, invariably instanced the "revolutionists" of Van as a sample of Armenian treachery. The famous "Revolution", as this recital shows, was merely the determination of the Armenians to save their women's honour and their own lives, after the Turks, by massacring thousands of their neighbours, had shown them the fate that awaited them. |[[Henry Morgenthau, Sr.]]|[[Ambassador Morgenthau's Story]]}}
 
 
On 15 April 1915, the German ambassador in Constantinople, reported:
 
{{Quote |Armenians have given up their ideas of a revolution since the introduction of the Constitution and that there is no organization for such a revolt.{{Sfn | Gust | Gust | 2005|p=57}}|[[Hans Freiherr von Wangenheim]]}}
 
 
The Divisional General and Vice Marshal and Austrian Military Attaché and Military Plenipotentiary to the Ottoman Empire said:
 
{{Quote | The Van uprising certainly was an act of desperation. The local Armenians realized that general massacres against the Armenians had already started and they would be the next target. In the course of the summer 1915 the Turkish government with inexorable consequence brought its bloody task of extermination of an entire nation to an end.{{Sfn | Charney | 1994|p = 116}}|Joseph Pomiankowski}}
 
 
The governor-general of the Ottoman Empire in Erzurum, [[Hasan Tahsin Uzer|Tahsin Bey]] wrote that:
 
{{Quote | There was not and could not have been an uprising in Van. Through our constant pressure [of the local population] we have created a mess from which we can no longer escape, and we have put the army in a difficult position in the East.{{Sfn | Akçam | 2006 | p = 201}}}}
 
 
[[Elizabeth Barrows Ussher]], Christian missionary and wife of Clarence Ussher wrote:
 
{{Quote|Although the Vali calls it a rebellion, it is really an effort to protect the lives and the homes of the Armenians.<ref>{{cite book|last1=Barrows|first1=John Otis|title=In the Land of Ararat: A Sketch of the Life of Mrs. Elizabeth Freeman Barrows Ussher, Missionary to Turkey and a Martyr of the Great War|date=1916|publisher=Fleming H. Revell|page=128|url=https://books.google.com/books?id=syUPAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA128}}</ref>|[[Elizabeth Barrows Ussher]]}}
 
 
[[Grace Knapp]], Christian missionary:
 
{{Quote|The fact cannot be too strongly emphasized that there was no “rebellion.” As already pointed out, the revolutionists meant to keep the peace if it lay in their power to do so. But for some time past a line of Turkish entrenchments had been secretly drawn round the Armenian quarter of the Gardens. The Revolutionists, determined to sell their lives as dearly as possible, prepared a defensive line, of entrenchments.<ref>{{cite book|last1=Bryce|first1=Viscount|title=The treatment of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire documents presented to Viscount Grey of Fallodon ; laid before the Houses of Parliament as an official paper and now published by permission|date=2008|publisher=Textor-Verl.|location=Frankfurt, M.|isbn=978-3938402153|page=16|edition= Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1916.|url=https://books.google.com/books?id=Up6V6UFMCqAC}}</ref>|[[Grace Knapp]]}}
 
 
An official of the Turkish Government stated:
 
{{Quote | I have followed the matter from its source. I have enquired from inhabitants and officials of Van, who were in Diarbekir, whether any Moslem had been killed by Armenians in the town of Van, or in the districts of the Vilayet. They answered in the negative, saying that the Government had ordered the population to quit the town before the arrival of the Russians and before anyone was killed; but that the Armenians had been summoned to give up their arms and had not done so, dreading an attack by the Kurds, and dreading the Government also; the Government had further demanded that the principal Notables and leading men should be given up to them as hostages, but the Armenians had not complied.
 
 
All this took place during the approach of the Russians towards the city of Van. As to the adjacent districts, the authorities collected the Armenians and drove them into the interior, where they were all slaughtered, no Government official or private man, Turk or Kurd, having been killed.<ref name="Martyred Armenia">
 
{{cite book
 
| last = El-Ghusein
 
| first = Fâ'iz
 
| title = Martyred Armenia
 
| publisher = [[C. Arthur Pearson]], Ltd.
 
| year = 1917
 
| pages= [https://archive.org/details/martyredarmenia00fize/page/47 47–8]
 
| title-link = s:Martyred Armenia
 
}}</ref>|[[Faiz El-Ghusein]]}}
 
 
[[Ibrahim Avras]], a Van deputy in the Ottoman parliament, was in the city at the time, and reported that the [[Committee of Union and Progress|CUP]] was secretly provoking people to attack Armenians.{{Sfn | Akçam | 2006 | p = 201}}
 
 
=== Casualties ===
 
[[File:Density of Population - excluding unliviable areas-1927.png|thumb|The first post war census was conducted in 1927. The province of Van's population density showed a sharp decline compared to neighboring provinces. There were only 43 Jews.{{Sfn | Schemi | p = 61}}]]
 
On 15 May 1915, the Russian consul at the city of Van reported that 6,000 Armenians had been massacred at Van, which has been the scene of so many similar outrages during the last twenty years.{{Sfn | Reynolds | Churchill | Miller | 1916 | p = 479}}
 
 
Henry Morgenthau referring to Doctor Ussher, "after driving off the Turks, Russians cremated the bodies of Armenians who had been murdered in the province, with the result that 55,000 bodies were burned".{{Sfn | Morgenthau | 1918 | p = 229}} The systematic massacre of 25,000 Armenians in the [[Başkale|Bashkala district]], of whom less than 10 per cent, were said to have escaped, appeared to have been ordered.{{Sfn | Halsey | 1919 | p = 45}}
 
 
Though Armenian refugees were the focus of attention of the Western powers and all the relief efforts, most of the Armenian deaths still occurred in the refugee camps, where the casualty rate was as high as 300–400 a day in the Russian Caucasus from starvation and diseases, as reported by the British Consul in the area.{{Sfn | Stevens | 1916}}
 
 
==== Atrocities ====
 
Most of killings were attributed to Circassians and Kurds, although some reports state that Turkish troops also took part. [[Rafael De Nogales]], a Venezuelan officer fighting for the Turks, mentions in his memoirs that Ottoman officials had received orders to exterminate all Armenian males of twelve years of age and older.{{Sfn | de Nogales Méndez | 1926 | p = 60}} According to Ussher, on 19 April, Djevdet issued an order throughout the Van province, which read: "The Armenians must be exterminated. If any Muslim protects a Christian, first, his house shall be burnt; then the Christian killed before his eyes, then his [the Muslim's] family and then himself."{{Sfn | Ussher | 1917 | p = 244}} Djevdet was later accused of war crimes at the [[Turkish Courts-Martial of 1919–20]] against the Armenians during operations around the city of Van during the spring of 1915.{{Sfn | Erickson | 2001 | p = 219}}
 
 
== Cultural references ==
 
The resistance occupies a significant place in Armenian national identity because it symbolizes the Armenians' will to resist.{{Sfn | Panossian | 2007}} The 2002 film ''[[Ararat (film)|Ararat]]'', directed, written, and co-produced by [[Atom Egoyan]] re-stages (with limited means) some fictionalized events of the Defense of Van. ''Ararat'' won several awards. To commemorate the defenders of the battle a memorial was created during the 1970s in [[Armenian SSR|Soviet Armenia]] in [[Agarak, Talin]] village.<ref>{{Citation | publisher = Armenian genocide | url = http://www.armenian-genocide.org/Memorial.8/current_category.52/memorials_detail.html | title = Self-defense Battle Memorial of Artsiv Vaspurakan in Agarak village, Armenia}}.</ref>
 
 
==See also==
 
*[[Armenian Genocide]]
 
*[[Caucasus Campaign]]
 
*[[Ottoman Armenian population]]
 
*[[Six vilayets]]
 
*[[Occupation of Turkish Armenia]]
 
 
==Notes==
 
{{Notelist}}
 
 
==References==
 
{{reflist|30em}}
 
 
== Bibliography ==
 
 
===Personal Accounts===
 
* {{cite book | last = Austin |first=H. H. |year = 1920 |title = The Baqubah Refugee Camp |isbn = 978-1-59333-401-7 | url = http://www.gorgiaspress.com/bookshop/pc-55705-92-austin-h-the-baqubah-refugee-camp.aspx | ref= harv}}
 
* {{cite book | last = de Nogales Méndez |first= Rafael |authorlink = Rafael de Nogales Méndez |year = 1926 | title = Four Years beneath the Crescent |publisher = Charles Scribner's Sons |location = London |isbn = 1-903656-19-2 | ref = harv}}
 
* {{Citation | last = Hacobian | first = Avetoon Pesak | year = 1917 | title = Armenia and the War}}.
 
* {{cite news | last= Northcote | first=Dudley S |year=1922 | title=Saving Forty Thousand Armenians |url = https://books.google.com/books?id=4LYqAAAAYAAJ&pg=RA1-PA788&ci=115,164,809,150 | work= Current History | publisher = New York Times Co |accessdate=12 December 2008 |ref= harv}}
 
* {{cite book |last1 = Pasdermadjian |first1 = Garegin |author1-link= Karekin Pastermadjian | first2 = Aram | last2 = Torossian |year=1918 |title=Why Armenia Should be Free: Armenia's Role in the Present War |url = https://books.google.com/books?id=4XYMAAAAYAAJ |publisher=Hairenik |page=45 |ref= harv}}
 
* {{cite book |last = Ussher |first=Clarence D. |year=1917 |title=An American Physician in Turkey |publisher = [[Houghton Mifflin Company|Houghton Mifflin]] | url = https://books.google.com/books?id=QXtCAAAAIAAJ | ref = harv}}
 
 
===Collections===
 
* {{cite news | last= Halsey | first= Francis Whiting | year=1919 | title = History of the World War |url = https://books.google.com/books?id=yq01AAAAMAAJ |work = The Literary Digest |publisher = Funk & Wagnalls | accessdate = 12 December 2008 |ref= harv}}
 
* {{cite book |last= Morgenthau |first=Henry |authorlink=Henry Morgenthau, Sr. |title= Ambassador Morgenthau's Story |chapter=The "Revolution" at Van | chapterurl =http://net.lib.byu.edu/estu/wwi/comment/morgenthau/Morgen23.htm |year=1918 |publisher = Doubleday, Page & Co |ref= harv|title-link=Ambassador Morgenthau's Story }}
 
* {{cite book |last1=Toynbee |first1=Arnold Joseph |authorlink1=Arnold J. Toynbee |last2= Bryce |first2=James | authorlink2 =James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce |title=The Treatment of Armenians on the Ottoman Empire |year = 1916 | place =London | publisher = Couston & Sons |chapter=Vilayet of Van|ref=harv}}
 
 
===Recent publications===
 
* {{Citation | last = A-Do|year = 2017 | author-link = A-Do | title = Van 1915: The Great Events of Vasbouragan | publisher = [[Gomidas Institute]]| isbn = 978-1-909382-37-4 }}.
 
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