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'HISTORY OF THE GREAT WAR BASED ON OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS. THE CAMPAIGN IN MESOPOTAMIA 1914-1918. VOLUME I.' [‎6v] (17/454)

The record is made up of 1 volume (223 folios). It was created in 1923. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.

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IV
CONTENTS
Chapter V. page
INCEPTION OF THE OPERATIONS.
Dominating position of the Germans in Turkey—Arrival at
Constantinople of the Goeben and Breslau —Turkish mobilization
—Disquieting news from Mesopotamia, August, 1914—Admiralty
urges despatch of troops for protection of oil-works at Abadan
—India Office and the problem of British military action in
Mesopotamia in event of war with Turkey—Musalman feeling in
India—Question of Arab co-operation—Turkish action in
Mesopotamia at the beginning of September—British naval
movements—General Barrow’s " appreciation ” of 26th Sep
tember—Further demands for troops made by Great Britain upon
India—British Government’s decision to despatch a brigade to
the head of the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , and its departure from Bombay—
Britain starts hostilities against Turkey .. .. .. .. 75-98
Part II.
THE CAMPAIGN IN LOWER MESOPOTAMIA.
Chapter VI.
THE LANDING IN MESOPOTAMIA OF FORCE “ D ” AND THE
OPERATIONS LEADING TO THE OCCUPATION OF BASRA.
Mobilization of 6 th Division—Instructions for the advanced
force—Alternative plans—Armament and equipment of General
Delamain's force—Departure from India—Arrival at Bahrein
on 23rd October—Information regarding Turkish forces in
Mesopotamia—Orders for operations in Mesopotamia, issued
31st October—Capture of Fao, 6 th November—British landing
at Sanniya, 8 th-10th November—Abortive Turkish attack
on British outposts, night 10th/11 th November—Arrival of
Lieutenant-General Sir A. Barrett, commanding 6 th Division
—British communique regarding outbreak of war with Turkey ;
Indian Mahomedan sentiment—Orders to General Barrett—
Arrangements for despatch of remainder of 6 th Division—
Disembarkation at Sanniya on 14 th-16th November of second
echelon of 6 th Division—Affair of Saihan, 15th November;
defeat of the Turks—Mirage—Attitude of local Arabs—Affair
of Sahil, 17th November ; defeat of the Turks—Reconnaissances
18th—20th November—Turkish evacuation of Basra .. ..99-126
Chapter VII.
THE OCCUPATION OF BASRA AND THE CAPTURE OF QURNA.
British reach Basra, 21st November—Description of Basra—
Ceremonial entry into Basra on 23rd—British proclamation—
Sir P. Cox suggests advance to Baghdad—Views of India and
the India Office—India Office vetoes advance to Baghdad, but
authorises advance to Qurna—General Barrett's “ appreciation ”
of 29th November—Arab co-operation ; question of announcing
permanent British occupation of Basra—Naval reconnaissance
towards Qurna—Arrival at Basra of third and last echelon of

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The volume is the first volume of an official government publication compiled at the request of the Government of India, and under the direction of the Historical Section of the Committee of Imperial Defence, by Brigadier-General Frederick James Moberly. The volume was printed and published at His Majesty's Stationery Office, London.

The contents provide a narrative of the operations of 1914-1918 in Mesopotamia, based mainly on official documents.

The volume is divided into two parts. The first part, entitled, 'Part I. Before the Outbreak of Hostilities', consists of the following five chapters:

  • General Description of the Country
  • The Turks in Mesopotamia
  • British Pre-War Policy
  • The Army in India and Pre-War Military Policy
  • Inception of the Operations

The second part, entitled, 'Part II. The Campaign in Lower Mesopotamia', consists of the following seven chapters:

  • The Landing in Mesopotamia of Force "D" and the Operations Leading to the Occupation of Basra
  • The Occupation of Basra and the Capture of Qurna
  • Commencement of the Turkish Counter-Offensive
  • Development and Defeat of the Turkish Counter-Offensive
  • Operations in Arabistan and the Capture of Amara
  • Operations on the Euphrates and the Occupation of Nasiriya
  • The battle of Kut and Occupation of Aziziya

The volume also includes nine maps, entitled:

  • The Middle East
  • Lower Mesopotamia
  • Map 1 - To illustrate operations described in Chapter VI
  • Map 2 - To illustrate fighting near Qurna
  • Map 3 - To illustrate fighting round Shaiba
  • Map 4 - To illustrate operations in Persian Arabistan
  • Map 5 - To illustrate operations in the Akaika Channel 27th June to 5th July 1915
  • Map 6 - To illustrate operations near Nasiriya 6th to 24th July 1915
  • Map 7 - To illustrate the Battle of Kut 28th September 1915
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1 volume (223 folios)
Arrangement

The volume contains a page of errata (folio 5), a list of contents (folios 6-8), a list of maps and illustrations (folio 9), appendices (folios 185v-192), an index (folios 192v-214v), and eight maps in a pocket attached to the inside back cover (folios 217-224).

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the inside front cover with 1 and terminates at the inside back cover with 225; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

Pagination: the volume also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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'HISTORY OF THE GREAT WAR BASED ON OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS. THE CAMPAIGN IN MESOPOTAMIA 1914-1918. VOLUME I.' [‎6v] (17/454), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/MIL/17/15/66/1, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100048172213.0x000012> [accessed 25 June 2019]

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