ISSN: 1011-727X
e-ISSN: 2667-5420

Sadi Borak

Keywords: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Great Attack, Fethi Okyar


The success of the 26 August offensive was also dependent on keeping the Great Offensive secret from the world in parallel with all the tactical and strategic preparations designed and implemented. Keeping the offensive move hidden from the world, especially England, except for a limited number of people, became an inevitable imperative for the success of the offensive. In fact, until the day of the attack, even Fetmet (Commander) Commander İsmet (İnönü) Pasha was not informed about this task of Fethi (Okyar), who was assigned to beg for peace in order not to doubt England. Although many years have passed, many researchers and writers have not learned the real reason for this special mission of Fethi Bey, and thought that he was commissioned by Mustafa Kemal Pasha to seek peace conditions by making some concessions. However, it would be unthinkable for Atatürk to make a concession from "Misak-ı Milli". The attitude of the Allies about peace and the conditions they would put forward were known. This came to light with the draft of peace presented at the March 26 session of the Paris Peace Conference. According to this, Izmir would be left to Greece in response to leaving us, and the benefits of the Treaty of Sevres to the Allies in the Straits and in the economic field would remain valid.