Arrival of Commander-in-Chief Mustafa Kemal to Akşehir headquarters. (23.07.1922)

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Arrival of Commander-in-Chief Mustafa Kemal to Akşehir headquarters. (July 23, 1922)

Aide Salih Bozok Tells;

Fifteen days before the Afyon Offensive, Gazi Mustafa Kemal Pasha had gone to the Western Front in Akşehir to give the order to prepare for the attack and to personally meet with the commanders. We got off the train at Biçer Station and were going to Akşehir via Sivrihisar by car. When we got off the train and got into the car, Mustafa Kemal Pasha took a deep breath.

Ask them, "Are you uncomfortable, Pasha?" I said.

They said "I'm not"  .

"So you're thinking of something then?" when they said:

"If I have time to implement what I think, a sight that will dazzle the world will come to the military."

Upon this reply of the Pasha, I realized that we were on the eve of important decisions and important events. As a matter of fact, the day after our arrival in Akşehir, I learned that all the commanders gathered at İsmet Pasha's headquarters and decided to attack the Afyon front fifteen days later.

Arrival of Commander-in-Chief Mustafa Kemal Pasha to Akşehir headquarters. (July 23, 1922)

We didn't stay long in Akşehir. A few days later we returned to Ankara. And fifteen days later, we moved from Çankaya to Konya and from there to Akşehir at midnight to attack. However, this movement of ours was kept secret for two days, and in those days it was announced by Mustafa Kemal Pasha that a tea feast would be held in Çankaya so that it could be kept secret, and it was later written in the newspapers that this was a maneuver.

As a result of the attack, a "military landscape" has emerged that will dazzle the world, as the Pasha told me in the car fifteen days ago.

Source:  Yaveri Atatürk’ü Anlatıyor, Salih Bozok, Hazırlayan; Can Dündar, Doğan Kitapçılık A.Ş. 7. Baskı. Nisan 2006, ISBN: 975 -6719-63-X. Sayfa: 79-80

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Arrival of Commander-in-Chief Mustafa Kemal to Akşehir headquarters. (23.07.1922)