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 (1914-17).

Nunn, Vice-Admiral Wilfrid.


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1st.ed., 1932. 288 pp., port. frontis., + 29 other photo-plates, + maps. Blue cloth ; gilt ; neatly re-backed with original spine laid down. 24 x 16cm. "Circle Libraries" stamp on endpaper ; some foxing as usual o/w V.G. An account of the Naval co-operation with the Expeditionary Force in Mesopotamia from the time of the British arrival in that country in 1914 until shortly after Baghdad fell into British hands in 1917. During most of this period the author commanded the Naval forces. The operations were mainly of an amphibious nature owing to the two great rivers that flow through what is now Iraq ' the Tigris and the Euphrates. Combined operations were carried out between the Navy, Army and Air Force, with the Royal Navy providing specially built shallow-draught gunboats which nevertheless often grounded on sand-banks in the shallow lakes and rivers, causing the troops to wade through a foot or so of water in the desert. Both parties agreed that there was usually too much water for soldiers but not enough for the sailors ! On the outbreak of war the author was in command of HMS ESPIEGLE on the East Indies station. After rounding up as prizes German merchantmen off Ceylon, he was ordered to proceed to Shatt al Arab where the Turks were causing problems. The ESPIEGLE and others of her class required only 13 feet of water and for a while these antiquated gunboats armed with a 4-inch gun were the only means of contact with the outside world. This is the first full account of the "Tigris" gunboats. The book is divided into five parts : (I) Operations leading to the capture of Basra and Kurna. (II) Operations leading to the surrender of Amara. (III) From the capture of Nasiriya to the investment of Kut. (IV) Operations for the relief of Kut. And (V) Operations leading to the capture of Baghdad.


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