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Phase Line Attila

The Amphibious Campaign for Cyprus, 1974

Edward J. Erickson and Mesut Uyer

DOI: 10.56686/9781732003088


Phase Line Attila describes the successful Turkish amphibious invasion of Cyprus, which culminated in the partitioning of the island of Cyprus into Turkish- and Greek-Cypriot zones. The invasion is an understudied amphibious operation that occurred in the post–World War II era. The invasion was prompted by the increasing levels of violence between Turkish and Greek Cypriots, which led to the involvement of both Greece and Turkey in the island’s affairs. This book is a nuanced examination of the successful Turkish amphibious operation to carve out a Turkish-Cypriot zone in north Cyprus in Operation Yıldız Atma-4.

Dr. Edward J. Erickson is a professor of international relations at Antalya Bilim University in Antalya, Turkey. Dr. Erickson is a retired United States Army lieutenant colonel and a former professor of military history from the Marine Corps University. He has a PhD in history from the University of Leeds, and he has published numerous books and articles about the Ottoman Army the early twentieth century.

Dr. Mesut Uyar is dean of the School of Business and Social Sciences at Antalya Bilim University in Antalya, Turkey. Dr. Uyar is a retired Turkish Army colonel and former associate professor from the University of New South Wales and the Turkish Military Academy. He has a PhD in international relations from Istanbul University, and he has published numerous books and articles about the Ottoman and modern Turkish armies.


1.   A Study in Amphibiosity
2.   The Militarization of Cyprus
3.   Planning for the Assault, G-5 to G-1
4.   The G-Day Assault
5.   Consolidating the Lodgment, G+1 to G+2
6.   The Operational Pause, 23 July–13 August 1974
7.   Breakout to Phase Line Attila, 14–16 August 1974
8.   Reflections on Amphibiosity


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