Political map of South & Southwest Asia 29 December 1914 (Battle of Sarikamish): After beating off an initial Russian invasion (Bergmann Offensive), the Ottomans decided to mount their own offensive and invade the Russian Caucasus (Battle of Sarikamish). Despite the winter conditions, the attack proceeded so well at first that the Russians begged their allies for assistance. However by late December the Ottomans had been stopped at the town of Sarikamish and in the following days Russian counterattacks all but destroyed the Ottoman 3rd Army (Third Army (Ottoman Empire)).