SAILOR IN THE DESERT. THE ADVENTURES OF PHILIP GUNN, DSM, RN., IN THE MESOPOTAMIA CAMPAIGN, 1915.

Gunn, David.


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Pen & Sword, Barnsley, 1st.ed., 2013. Xii + 148 pp., 23 photo & other plates (some cold.) + 4 maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Philip Gunn was an 18-year-old Ordinary Seaman serving aboard a British sloop-o’-war powered by auxiliary sail when war broke out with Germany and Turkey in 1914. HMS CLIO was dispatched with all speed to patrol the Tigris in Mesopotamia (Iraq), her guns supporting a British and Indian army fighting the Turks who were threatening the Royal Navy’s oil supply from Persia. CLIO fought up river until the waters became too shallow, he was then detached to command a Calcutta River Police launch towing two Suez Canal horse boats, each armed with a large gun, last used during the Boer War. They bombarded Turkish front lines, came under heavy fire, and attempted to capture Baghdad. Philip Gunn went on to gain a commission and served as a captain in World War II.


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