This account of the amphibious operations carried out in Iraq (then called Mesopotamia) against the Turks in the Great War is replete with names all too familiar to us today: Basra, Nasiriya, Baghdad. For then, as now, British sailors and soldiers were fighting a neglected, thankless campaign in a tough environment where, according to the author who commanded it: ‘there was too much water for the soldiers and not enough for the sailors’. Vice-Admiral Nunn, in his elegant sloop of a gunboat Espiegle, commanded a mixed force that, along with irregulars he calls ‘our Arab allies’ fought their way up the great twin TIgris and Euphrates rivers against stubborn and determined Turkish resistance. Despite disappointments, such as the failure to re-take the town of Kut al Amara, lost with all its garrison early in the war, the campaign was eventually crowned with success with the capture of Baghdad in 1917. This is a book that will interest all Great War buffs, as well as those studying amphibious operations and anyone serving in Iraq today.
TIGRIS GUNBOATS: A NARRATIVE OF THE ROYAL NAVY’S CO-OPERATION WITH THE MILITARY FORCES IN MESOPOTAMIA FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE WAR TO THE CAPTURE OF BAGHDAD (1914-1917)
Account – by the Admiral who commanded it – of the amphibious campaign along the rivers Tigris and Euphrates in Iraq in the Great War that was eventually crowned with success with the capture of Baghdad from the Turks.