ONLINE Zoom Meeting: Carry On Up the Tigris – The Experiences of British and Indian Troops in Mesopotamia 1914-18 by Alan Wakefield
Between 1914 and 1918, British and Indian troops fought against the Ottoman Turks in Mesopotamia (now Iraq). After many setbacks, they finally took Baghdad in March 1917. This marked the high point of a long and tragic campaign characterised by bitter fighting in a harsh climate.
Alan will discuss the differing styles of warfare in Mesopotamia, and problems caused by climate, terrain and disease.
The photo shows 1/8th Gurkha Rifles, 21st Brigade (7th Division) occupying captured Turkish trenches near Tikrit, 7 November 1917, following the capture of the town two days earlier. Following confirmation that the Turks had pulled back to prepared positions at the Fat-ha Gorge, the British withdrew south from Tikrit having destroyed stores left behind by the Turks. © IWM Q 24431
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