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Musa Ler Commemorative Medal

The Musa Dagh or Musa Ler mountain was the location of a successful Armenian resistance to the Armenian genocide, an event that inspired Franz Werfel to write the novel The Forty Days of Musa Dagh.

The Armenian populace, aware of the Ottoman's genocidal intent, refused deportation and fell back upon Musa mountain. They thwarted assaults for fifty-three days, from July to September 1915.


French warships of the 3rd Squadron in the Mediterranean under command of Vice Admiral Louis Dartige du Fournet, sighted the survivors just as ammunition and food provisions were running out.

Five French ships, under the command of Captain Jean-Joseph Brisson, evacuated 3,004 women and children and over 1,000 men from Musa Dagh to safety in Port Said.

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