Our Middle Eastern researcher is taking a well deserved break over the festive period but has sent us one last treasure for 2014:
This map appeared on 19 April 1919 in ‘The Sphere’, an illustrated magazine of the time which was similar in format to ‘The Graphic’ and ‘The Illustrated London News’. It summarizes the progress of the Mesopotamian Campaign from the occupation of Basra in November 1914 to the occupation of Mosul on 30 October 1918. It also delineates the areas commanded by Generals Barrett, Nixon, Maude and Marshall. General Lake, it should be noted, is not included in these areas, for his operations were confined to the attempt to relieve Kut.
In 2015 we’ll be hearing more about this oft forgotten field of war as well as news from the Western, Eastern and Home Fronts.