Originally Posted by Wozza
Quite why the power that could not get Thessalonika back from the Greeks could get Tashkent from a nation ten times larger ten years later is bewildering for those of us who depend upon rational argument.
Well, there is the Russian Civil War going on at the time, plus the fact that the population of the 'stans will probably welcome the Ottomans as liberators. I suppose once the Russian Civil War was over there might be an issue with a potential Russian/Soviet (depending on who wins obviously) counterattack to regain the region, but I'd imagine that the Ottomans could easily overrun a region with a fairly friendly populace, very distant from any of the Civil War faction's logistical basis, in the middle of that country having a bitter civil war right after being crushed in three years of WWI. Whoever would win the Civil War might just be too exhausted to try and regain the 'stans, especially since as I recall they did not have any really vital resources anyway. Still, I'd imagine whoever's in charge of Russia would be very hostile to the Ottomans...