Battles - The Mesopotamian Front
This section contains details of the major actions fought on the Mesopotamian Front - present-day Iraq - during the First World War.
These include the many epic struggles fought along the banks of the River Tigris; from the seemingly unstoppable advance of the British throughout 1915 to the resurgence of their Turk opposition in 1916 culminating in the British humiliation at Kut-al-Amara in April 1916.
British fortunes revived however with the appointment of Sir Frederick Stanley Maude as regional Commander-in-Chief, as success after success finally led to complete British victory in the region in October 1918.
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|Capture of Basra||Opened 5 November 1914|
|Battle of Qurna||Opened 3 December 1914|
|Battle of Shaiba||Opened 11 April 1915|
|Capture of Amara||Opened 31 May 1915|
|Battle of Nasiriyeh||Opened 27 June 1915|
|Capture of Kut-al-Amara||Opened 28 September 1915|
|Battle of Es Sinn||Opened 28 September 1915|
|Battle of Ctesiphon||Opened 2 November 1915|
|Siege of Kut-al-Amara||Opened 7 December 1915|
|Battle of Sheikh Sa'ad||Opened 6 January 1916|
|Battle of the Wadi||Opened 13 January 1916|
|Battle of Hanna||Opened 21 January 1916|
|Battle of Dujaila||Opened 8 March 1916|
|First Battle of Kut||Opened 5 April 1916|
|Battle of Khanaqin||Opened June 1916|
|Second Battle of Kut||Opened 13 December 1916|
|Battle of Khadairi Bend||Opened 9 January 1917|
|Battle of Nahr-al-Kalek||Opened 26 February 1917|
|Capture of Baghdad||Opened 11 March 1917|
|Samarrah Offensive||Opened 13 March 1917|
|Seizure of Falluja||Opened 19 March 1917|
|Battle of Jebel Hamlin||Opened 25 March 1917|
|Battle of Shiala||Opened 11 April 1917|
|Battle of Istabulat||Opened 21 April 1917|
|Battle of the Boot||Opened 30 April 1917|
|Battle of Ramadi||Opened 28 September 1917|
|Capture of Tikrit||Opened 5 November 1917|
|Battle of Sharqat||Opened 29 October 1918|
A "Communication Trench" was a narrow trench constructed at an angle to a defensive trench to permit concealed access to the defensive trench.
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