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Mehmetçiks in trench, waiting for the order to attack with fixing the bayonet on their rifles during the artillery preparatory fires (Turkish War of Independence).

Mehmetçik (literally Little Mehmet) is a general term used affectionately to refer soldiers of the Ottoman Army and Turkish Army. It is the Turkish equivalent of "Tommy Atkins" for the British Army, "Doughboy" or G.I. of the United States Army,<ref>David Nicole, (Illustrated by Christa Hook), Ottoman Infantryman 1914-18, Osprey Publishing, 2010, ISBN 978-1-84603-506-7, p. 38.</ref> "Digger" of the Australian Army<ref>Phil Taylor, Pam Cupper, Gallipoli, A Battlefield Guide, Kangaroo Press, 1989, {{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Page needed |date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[page needed] }}</ref> and the New Zealand Army or Johnny Reb for Confederate soldiers in the American Civil War. Although it is used for especially infantryman (foot soldier),<ref>Şehnaz Tahir Gürçağlar, The politics and poetics of translation in Turkey, 1923-1960, Rodopi, 2008, p. 262.</ref> terms such like Piyade Mehmetçik (Infantryman Little Mehmet) and Süvari Mehmetçik (Cavalryman Little Mehmet), Topçu Mehmetçik (Artilleryman Little Mehmet) have rarely been seen.<ref>For example in Arif Bilge, Anadolunun Türkleşmesi, İslâmlaşması ve aramızdaki Rumlar Tarihi, Ülkü Basımevi, 1971.</ref>


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