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'HISTORY OF THE GREAT WAR BASED ON OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS. THE CAMPAIGN IN MESOPOTAMIA 1914-1918. VOLUME I.' [‎202r] (408/454)

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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377
i.
Ibn Rashid.
Hostility of, 15, 25 ; Turkish plan for co-operation of, 162 ; Ibn Sand
claims to have defeated, 178.
Ibn Saud, Emir of Nejd.
Ejects Turkish garrisons from A1 Hasa in 1913, 14, 25 ; friendly attitude
of, 14-5, 25 ; assistance of, 83, 156, 162, 171, 178 ; Major Shakespear’s
knowledge of, 86 ; reported intrigues of, with Enver Pasha, 89 ;
Major Shakespear instructed to communicate with, 93-4 ; Major
Shakespear reports on, (4 January 1915), 161-2, (19 January) ,171 ;
asks for treaty with Great Britain, 162 ; letters of, to Sir P. Cox
(19 January), 171, (16 February), 178 ; effective assistance of, not
to be expected, 178. See also “ Nejd.”
Ilia (Arabistan).
Turco-Arab force at, (end April 1915), 223, 225 ; Turkish force crosses
Karkha at, 227 ; Brit, advance on, 227-8 ; Brit, force at, 231-2.
Imam Yahya.
Turkish plan for co-operation of, 162.
Imperial Service Troops.
Organisation of, 51-2 ; strength of, at outbreak of war, 63 ; employment
of, outside India, 80-1.
The army in, and pre-war military policy, 49-74 ; Durand Frontier
Agreement (1893), 51 ; effect of famine of 1896, on military estimates,
54 ; relations of, with Afghanistan, 60-1 ; pre-war internal situation
in, 62, 64 ; population of, 62 ; pre-war output of military material,
68 ; arrangements for assistance of, in the event of war, 68-9, 73 ;
effect on, of Turkish operations in Mesopotamia, 72 ; enemy emis
saries in, 77-8, 86, 89-90 ; disquieting news from Mesopotamia
received in, 77-8 ; employment of army of, outside, 80-1 ; Musalman
feeling in, 82 ; Gen. Barrow, on “ The role of India in a Turkish wa r .’ (
86-8 ; internal situation in, affects reinforcements for I.E.F. ‘ D
134 n, 160, 177, 222 ; internal situation in, (February-March 1915),
179, 186, (April), 222, (May), 240, (August-September), 309-10;
inception of the “ East Persia Cordon,” 274. See also North-West
Frontier of India.”
, General Staff. . T . . 0 _. .
Responsibilities of, 69-70 ; views of, re advance to Nasmya, 271 ,
appreciations on question of advance to Kut and Baghdad, 2/1 «J,
311.
Government of.
, CjOvermueiiL ui. ,_ ,
Relations with 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. mainly controlled by, 47 ; responsible
for conduct of operations in 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. , 72, 93 ; refers preparations
for defence of 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. to H.M. Govt., 78 ; agree to employment
of troops outside India, 80-1 ; appreciation of 7 October 1914, 94 ,
communique re outbreak of war with Turkey, and assurance as to
British respect for Holy Places, 110-2 ; views of, on suggested advance
to Baghdad, 135-7 ; Gen. Barrett not to advance w ithout previous
reference to, 156 ; policy of, in Mesopotamia (January 1915), 161 ,
Ind reinforcing of LE.F. ” D,” 165, 167-8, 177, 222 ; views of, on
protection of oilfields, 167-8, 222 ; views of, on situation in Mesopo
tamia (2 March), 186 ; informed by S. of S. that troops for Aden or
Mesopotamia must be found from India, 187 ; to send a bngade to
Mesopotamia, 187-8 ; borrows aviators from Australia and N ew
Zealand 188; decides (18 March to organise I.E.F. D as an
A C under Gen. Nixon, 193 ; correspondence re policy governing
operations 234-41 ; arranges to reinforce medical services, -69 ,
Station of advance to Kut. 301-8 ; disapprove of proposed
advance to Baghdad. 308 ; proposed withdracva of Ituhan d.vusons
from France, 310 ; reinforces I.E.F. D with Territorials, ,
and question of river transport, 340—2.

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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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