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Honour - MESOPOTAMIA 1914-17


Date - 1914-17
Type - Campaign Awards
Conflict - World War 1; 1914-18

 
Description The campaign took place in present day Iraq and was fought against the Turks.

On 23-Oct-1914 Indian troops were landed and within a month had captured Basra. Reinforcements arrived in early 1915 and an advance was made towards Bagdad. Supported by river gunboats and transports. Naval brigades provided artillery support.

By early 1917 Bagdad had been captured with naval brigades providing river gunboat support.

The campaign ended in mid-1917. It was characterised by "indecision and fool hardy orders".

There were over 80,000 British and Indian casualties and this included nearly 13,000 who died of disease.

 

 
 
HM Ships
Bahrein 15 Bee 17 Blackfly 17 Butterfly 15-17 Caddisfly 17
Clio 15 Comet 14-15 Cranefly 15-17 Dragonfly 15-17 Espiegle 14-16
Firefly 15/17 Flycatcher 15-17 Gadfly 15-17 Gnat 16-17 Grayfly 16-17
Greenfly 16-17 Hoverfly 17 Julnar 16 Lawrence 14-15 Lewis Pelly 14-15
Mantis 16-17 Massoudieh 15 Mayfly 16-17 Miner 14-16 Moth 16-17
Muzaffri 15-16 Ocean 14 Odin 14-17 Sawfly 16-17 Scarab 17
Sedgefly 17 Shaitan 14-15 Shushan 15 Snakefly 16-17 Stonefly 16-17
Sumana 15-16 Tarantula 16-17  Waterfly 16-17     
         
 
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