The "Sarıkamış Commemorative Express Virtual Ticket" application was prepared within the scope of the 22th anniversary activities of the "Sarıkamış Martyrs' Day" held between 5 December and 107 January in cooperation with the Ministry of Family and Social Services and the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure.
In order to raise awareness of our history and commemorate our martyrs, "Sarıkamış Souvenir Express Virtual Ticket” application opened.
As it is known, we lost 60 thousand of our soldiers in Sarıkamış during the First World War, of which 78 thousand were frozen. Between 15 and 22 December 1914, 60 thousand soldiers who participated in the operation to retake Kars from the Russians in the Allahuekber mountains near Sarıkamış froze to death. Russian troops also lost 32 thousand soldiers in these wars.
Staff Officer Şerif Bey describes the situation of our soldiers in Sarıkamış in his book “Sarıkamış”:
“A soldier crouching in the snow by the roadside, hugging a pile of snow with his arms, was gnawing with his teeth, trembling and wailing. I wanted to remove it and send it to the road. He never saw me. The poor guy was crazy. In this way, we left perhaps more than ten thousand people under the snow in one day and passed through these cursed glaciers.”
Duke Alexandrovich Pietrovic, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Russian Caucasian Army, described what he saw in Sarıkamış as follows:
“Nine heroes kneeling in the first row. They took aim with their Mauser, about to pull the trigger, but failed. In the second place are those who carry ammunition, they have a handful of chests, as if they want to take their ambitions from the universe. They were so stiff and on the right is Major Nihat. He is standing upright, his head is bare, his hair is dyed white, his eyes are opposite. I did not receive the last Turkish detachment in the Allahuekber mountains. They had surrendered to their God long before us.”