News for the cinema buffs: The Ottoman Lieutenant, a major motion picture starring the Dutch actor Michael Huisman from Game of Thrones (playing a Turk), journeyman American actor Josh Hartnett, Icelandic actress Hera Hilmar (playing an American) and the veteran British actor with Pakistani ancestry Sir Ben Kingsley (Gandhi), was released on Friday, March 10th. The story is set against the backdrop of the 1915 Russian invasion of Ottoman territory in the Caucasus region, a very little-known campaign of the First World War.

In the interest of full disclosure, the Armenian press has labelled this production “Turkish Propaganda”.

James (“Jim”) Patton BS BA MPA is a retired state official from Shawnee, Kansas and a frequent contributor to several WW1 e-publications, including "Roads to the Great War," "St. Mihiel Tripwire," "Over the Top" and "Medicine in the First World War." He has spent many hours walking the WW1 battlefields, and is also an authority on British regiments and a collector of their badges. An Army Engineer during the Vietnam War, he does work for the US World War 1 Centennial Commission and has memberships in the WW1 Historical Association, the Western Front Association, the Indian Military Historical Society and the Salonika Campaign Society.