Jim Chankalian, defender of Van
Jim Chankalian, defender of Van.
Jim Chankalian was also the leader of the Armenian Americans who joined the Armenian Legion in 1917.
The Defense of Van (1915) was an act of self-defense by the Armenians against the genocide committed by Ottoman Turkey with the passive complicity of its ally, the German Empire.
The Ottoman army and its military elite were modernized and trained by Germany under Colmar von der Goltz guidance, from 1883 to 1895.
The nucleus of the Armenian Legion or Eastern Legion (1917-1920) was composed of former Musa Dagh resistants.