Europe 1912: Italo-Turkish War
In October 1911 Italy invaded the Ottoman provinces in North Africa. The Italians quickly conquered the coastal cities but found it harder to defeat the Arab and Ottoman forces in the interior, despite the first use of airplanes in warfare. In May 1912, they occupied the Dodecanese in an attempt to force the Ottomans to accept defeat.
29 Sep 1911 Italo-Turkish War▲
Capitalizing on a 1902 secret treaty with France, Italy declared war on the Ottoman Empire in order to seize control of its non-contiguous Vilayet of Tripolitania (Libya).
10 Oct 1911 Italian troops land in Tripolitania▲
On 10 October 1911, 19,000 Italian and 1,000 Somali troops landed in central Libya. Outnumbered by the combined force of local Arabs and Turks, the Italians expanded their force to 100,000 and called in air support for the first time in military history.
20 Mar 1912 Treaty of Fez▲
After years of competing interests between European colonial powers, Sultan Abd ah-Hhafid of Morocco signed the Treaty of Fez, making his country a protectorate of France. Ten days later, he abdicated and went into exile in Tangier.
11 Apr 1912 Third Home Rule Bill▲
British Prime Minister H.H. Asquith introduced the Third Home Rule Bill, paving the way for self-government in Ireland but triggering crisis in Ulster.
27 Apr-19 May 1912 Italian invasion of the Dodecanese▲
Forces of the Kingdom of Italy landed in the Dodecanese Islands, part of the Ottoman Empire. The main battle took place on Rhodes, where around 10,000 Italian troops landed on 4 May, forcing the surrender of the Ottoman garrison on 16 May and ending 390 years of Ottoman rule.