Remembering Admiral Dartige Du Fournet on his 80th death anniversary: Saviour Of Musa Dagh Armenians
(2 March 1856 – 16 February 1940)
There were only 600 fighters among the 5,000 Armenians and they had few weapons. But they were determined and well disciplined.
|Survivors from Musa Dagh with one of the flags noticed by the French navy, The Graphic, November 13, 1915.
At the risk of tarnishing his career, he gave the order to send all cruisers at his disposal to Musa Dagh to begin evacuations immediately.
|Louis Dartige du Fournet, Armenian Genocide Museum Institute collection
The vice admiral also contacted the British authorities in Cyprus and Egypt, asking them to shelter the refugees. His request was denied at first, but he soon managed to convince the allies to set up a refugee camp in Port Said, Egypt, without the consent of his senior command.
The total number of those rescued was 4,058. It included 1,563 children, several of whom had been born during the operation itself.
|Refugees from Musa Dagh boarding French ships, The Sphere, October 30, 1915.