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    Default Ottoman Use of Mle1874 Gras

    I know that neighboring Greece used the Chassepot & Gras system but I'm unaware of any orders by the Ottomans. Were these just captures from 1897 that were issued out to certain areas? Attached are photos from Palestine in 1917
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    Very cool photos Cyten. With the later date in the war I'm not surprised, there issued gras, but the first photos over seen with ottoman troops with gras's.

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    Very nice! Most likely Greek captures, can't think of other source.
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    Theses are 1874 Gras carbines , very hard to figure out the source. Could have easily been captured during 1897

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    Hello Gents,

    These are Balkan War captures. There were several examples on display in the Askari Museum in Istanbul the last time I was there.

    Great photos!

    Thanks for sharing them with us.

    Warmest regards,

    JPS

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    great photoes, thanks for sharing them with us.

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    There were a lot more countries (or whatever you call them at the time) in the Balkans than Greece and Turkey, most of them being beastly to one another. It is possible that Greece might have supplied rifles to anyone willing to fire them at Turks, or who said they would.

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