Kut 1916: The Forgotten British Disaster in Iraq

Description

The siege of Kut is a story of blunders, sacrifice, imprisonment and escape. The allied campaign in Mesopotamia began in 1914 as a relatively simple operation to secure the oilfields in the Shatt-al-Arab delta and Basra area. Initially it was a great success, but as the army pressed towards Baghdad its poor logistic support, training, equipment and command left it isolated and besieged by the Turks. By 1916 the army had not been relieved, and on 29 April 1916, the British Army suffered one of the worst defeats in its military history. Major-General Sir Charles Townshend surrendered his allied force to the Turks in the Mesopotamian (now Iraq) town of Kut-al-Amara. Over 13,000 troops, British and Indian, went into captivity; many would not survive their incarceration. In Kut 1916, Colonel Crowley recounts this dramatic tale and its terrible aftermath.

Details

Author(s)
Patrick Crowley, Professor Gary Sheffield
Format
Hardback | 288 pages
Dimensions
174 x 252 x 32mm | 979.75g
Publication date
01 Jan 2010
Publisher
The History Press Ltd
Publication City/Country
Stroud, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition statement
New
Illustrations note
Illustrations, maps
ISBN10
0752454471
ISBN13
9780752454474
Bestsellers rank
998,869