October 6 1917 – Kaiser Visits Constantinople
Pictured – Sultan greets Kaiser.
Eager to show Turkey that Germany remained committed to their alliance and the war, Kaiser Wilhelm II visited Constantinople on October 6, 1917. There he met with Mehmed V, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Sultan mentioned his worries about Germany’s troubles: a recent naval mutiny, pacifist inclinations in the Reichstag, and defeat at Ypres. The Kaiser pointed more confidently to the imminent victory of hte Central Powers on the Eastern Front, where at the moment more than one million Russian railway workers had gone on strike, making resupply or reinforcement for the Provisional Government’s army impossible.