Tag Archive for Middle East

ARAB REVOLT STALLS

Lawrence Seeks Leading Role British Eye Palestine; Seek Jewish Support Special to The Great War Project (4-9 December) As winter approaches in the Middle East a century ago, the British are divided on how to manage what has come to be called “the Arab Revolt.” The debate between the British command in London and the…

OTTOMANS SEEK BRITISH SURRENDER

 Kut Siege in Third Month; Chaos Among Allied Reinforcements. A Crucial British Loss Special to The Great War Project (8-11 March) While the meat grinder that is the Verdun battlefield in Western Europe churns on, the plight of the British contingent under siege in the desert Mesopotamian town of Kut on the Tigris River is…

THE ‘GREAT LOOT’

Warring Nations Seek Carve Up of Middle East. Despite Losses, Britain Plots Desert War in Arabia, Iraq, Syria. Special to The Great War Project (15-17 September) By this moment a century ago, after more than a year of hideous slaughter in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey, and in the seas of the North Atlantic,…

WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Nasiriya Falls to British; Eye al-Kut Next Ottoman Forces Retreat in Face of British Juggernaut Special to The Great War Project (23-25 July) The British offensive in southern Mesopotamia (now Iraq) gains another victory with the fall of Nasiriya. British and Indian troops take control of the city on this date a century ago. The…