Ref: WW524, 1920, Harmsworth
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Original map first published c.1920. Republished July 2016.
First World War map depicting the British campaigns against Turkey during World War One 1914 - 1918. Mesopotamia was a historical region situated within the Tigris-Euphrates river system including inset maps of the Iraqi cities of Baghdad and Basra.
As published at the time of this map, 1920:
Mestopotamia was the scene of British Campaigns against Turkey 1914 - 1918. They fell in to two distinct phases. The first, which began in Nov.1914, ended with the disaster at Kut, April 1916. The swecond was one of swift and dazzling victory, in which British prestige was vindicated, and all the failures of the earleir campaign were herpoically avenged.
When in the late autumn of 1914 it became evident that Turkey would join the Central Powers, the British Government decided for safety to protect its interests in Mesopotamia, which included the valuable oilfields in the Persian Gulf. For long the Germans had secretly conceived a grandiose scheme of Asiatic domination in which by controlling the Baghdad Railway she would make use of Turkey to further her permeation of Persia and Afghanistan, thus ultimately threatening India and Egypt.
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