Omar Pasha Military Person

Omar pasha

Omar Latas, better known as Omar Pasha (Serbian: Омер паша Латас, Turkish: Ömer Paşa; 1806–1871) was an Ottoman general and governor. He was born in Austrian territory, to Christian, Serb parents, and was initially an Austrian soldier. When faced with the charges of embezzlement, he fled to Ottoman Bosnia and converted to Islam, and then joined the Ottoman army where he quickly climbed in ranks. Latas crushed several rebellions throughout the Empire, and was a commander in the Crimean War, where he defeated Russia at Sevastopol. He was born as Mihajlo Latas (Serbian: Михајло Латас) in Janja Gora, Croatian Military Frontier of Austrian Empire (in modern Plaški, Lika region, Croatia). He was an ethnic Serb, an Orthodox Christian. Educated in Gospić, and than at a military school in Zadar, he joined a frontier regiment. Latas fled to Bosnia in 1823 to escape charges of embezzlement. There he converted to Islam and would later return in authority in the year 1850 and executed, plundered and abolished the respected historical aristocracy of the Bosniaks. His father Petar served in the Austrian Army and in time was appointed lieutenant-governor of the Ogulin district.

Personal details

Date of birth
November 24th, 1806
Date of death
April 18th, 1871 at age of 64
Place of death

Military conflicts participated

Crimean War


March, 1854


February, 1856

Wikipedia article

The Crimean War was a conflict in which Russia lost to an alliance of France, Britain, the Ottoman Empire, and Sardinia. The immediate cause involved the rights of Christian minorities in the Holy Land, which was controlled by the Ottoman Empire. The French promoted the rights of Catholics, while Russia promoted those of the Orthodox Christians. The longer-term causes involved the decline of the Ottoman Empire, and the unwillingness of Britain and France to allow Russia to gain territory and power at Ottoman expense. Russia lost the war and the Ottomans gained a twenty-year respite from Russian pressure. The Christians were granted a degree of official equality and the Orthodox gained control of the Christian churches in dispute. The Ottoman Empire declared war on Russia in October 1853 and suffered a major defeat that gave Russia control of the Black Sea. The Russian threat to the Ottoman Empire required control of the Black Sea, and the key was the Russian naval base at Sevastopol, on the Crimean peninsula. The allies realized that if they captured Sevastopol, they would control the Black Sea and win the war. France and Britain entered in March 1854.


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