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AHC: Townshend's Mesopotamia campaign not a total disaster
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Rob
2017-07-23 14:30:12 UTC
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Townshend's campaign in Mesopotamia seemed to start well but resulted in a repulse at Ctesiphon, and a retreat to Kut and a siege and surrender at Kut.

Assuming that there must still be a British campaign in Mesopotamia in 1916, how could the British do better and not be forced to surrender, either through improved tactics, operations or preparations? Even if Townshend's forces end up imperiled, is there a way other British Empire or Allied forces could successfully rescue the Kut garrison?
Don Phillipson
2017-07-24 13:25:51 UTC
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Even if Townshend's forces end up imperiled, is there a way other
British Empire or Allied forces could successfully rescue the Kut
garrison?
Insufficient river transport (and lack of gunboat protection) was
the problem. Even before the retreat to Kut, everyone knew fewer
boats had been deployed than the planners recommended (and
insufficiently armed and armoured.)
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Don Phillipson
Carlsbad Springs
(Ottawa, Canada)
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