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Siege of Kut al Amara



   After retreating from Ctesiphon the 6th (Poona) Division under Major General Charles Townshend fell back to the town of Kut. The British troops that arrived there on December 3rd had lost many men in the failed attack on the Turkish positions and were down to around 11,000 men. Townshend decided to stay and defend Kut, instead of retreating downriver to Basra, despite the overextended supply lines from Basra to Kut. On 7th of December 1915 the Ottoman army, commanded by Nurredin Bey, arrived and began to lay siege to the town of Kut. The Ottomans initially numbered 11,000, the same as the British forces, but Townshend ordered his cavalry to escape to the south and German reinforcements bolstered the Ottoman forces. they soon outnumbered the British. Over the last decade, the Ottoman army had been modernized under the direction of German General Baron von der Goltz. Under his direction, the Turks began building siege fortifications and defensive positions further down the river to cut off any relief and guard against a possible attack from the Tigris River.

Townshend waited at Kut for reinforcements, from the Suez Canal, reporting that he only had a month's worth of food, but in reality he had four months supply.

21st Nov 1915 

 Siege of Kut al Amara

29th April 1916 

3rd May 1916 Surrender

9th May 1916 Privations

13th Dec 1916 

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