Lieutenant Martin Ekström

Discussions on the final era of the Ottoman Empire, from the Young Turk Revolution of 1908 until the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923.
User avatar
Stellan Bojerud
Posts: 72
Joined: 12 Jul 2005 09:40
Location: Stockholm

Lieutenant Martin Ekström

Post by Stellan Bojerud » 30 Nov 2008 20:02

Prior to WW 1 Swedish Officers were employed to organize the Gendarmery in Persia (Iran). CO was General (In Sweden LtCol) Hjalmarsson. A Swedish NCO Martin Ekström in 1911 joined the Force and eventually made Officer.

During WW 1 he was for some time Lieutenant with The Turkish Army.

In 1918 he joined the Finnish Army as a Captain and was promoted Major. In 1919 he volunteerd for Estonia and made Colonel. He also served in Finland during WW 2 as a LtCol.

But what did he do in Turkey?

Posts: 27
Joined: 17 Feb 2006 20:26
Location: Sweden

Re: Lieutenant Martin Ekström

Post by Kotik » 20 Jun 2009 16:58

In the book "Svenska frivilliga" (ISBN 91 88930 00 9) which if you live in Sweden can get from the library, contains a chapter about the gendarmerie and a short notice what happened to Martin Ekström. If I remember correctly he led a force of Persians in Ottoman service but also in German service for a while in Mesopotamia.

Tosun Saral
Posts: 4058
Joined: 02 Nov 2005 19:32
Location: Ankara/Turkey

Re: Lieutenant Martin Ekström

Post by Tosun Saral » 21 Jun 2009 12:46

In Turkish and Swedish: Adventures and names of swedish CO & NCO ... clnk&gl=uk

Posts: 1417
Joined: 01 Jul 2006 03:04
Location: Australia

Re: Lieutenant Martin Ekström

Post by stevebecker » 31 Jul 2020 01:19


Check out this Swed

Carl Jacob Karsten Petersén (18 April 1883 – 14 April 1963) was a Swedish Army officer. During World War II he served as head of the intelligence agency C-byrån. He later served as Secretary General of the International Road Transport Union.

Petersén was born on 18 April 1883 in Stockholm, Sweden, the son of deputy assistant Carl Petersén and Ingeborg Tanberg. He became a second lieutenant in the Uppland Artillery Regiment (A 5) in 1903 and attended the Royal Central Gymnastics Institute in 1907. Petersén was major and instructor in the Persian Gendarmerie from 1911 to 1913 and participated in the Gallipoli Campaign in 1915.[4] The same year he was promoted to captain in the Swedish Army and did the certificate exams for balloon license.[4] Petersén participated in the Finnish Civil War in 1918 as a lieutenant colonel in the White Guard.

He was then attaché in Warsaw from 1919 to 1920, was in the Commission Concerning the Exchange of Greek and Turkish Populations from 1923 to 1925, the Bulgarian Refugee Commission from 1926 to 1928, in Syria in 1929 and the League of Nations border control commission in Syria and Iran in 1932.[4] In 1932, Petersén was promoted to major in the Swedish Army. He was Head of Department at the International Red Cross in Paris from 1921 to 1937, the general secretary of the Royal Swedish Aero Club from 1937 to 1939 and was legation counsellor in Berlin and worked at the B Department of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs from 1939 to 1940.[4] Petersén was head of the intelligence agency C-byrån from 1940 to 1946. In 1944, he led the Swedish side of the Operation Stella Polaris.[5]

During the war, Petersén and his colleague Algot Törneman had organised private arms trades. They had sold weapons via a private firm, Skandiastål, to the Norwegian and Danish resistance movements. After the war Petersén moved to Switzerland where he continued to represent the weapons firm Skandiastål.[6] He later served as Secretary General of the International Road Transport Union in Geneva.[7]

What I found strange is he is mentioned at Gallipoli ?

Any ideas


Return to “The end of the Ottoman Empire 1908-1923”