The 1920 insurrection in Mesopotamia saw many attacks against the new British Civil Administration. Phil Loder explores his great uncle’s experiences of being trapped under fire in Kufa – as gleaned from recently recovered letters

To most, the World War One campaign against the Ottoman Army in Mesopotamia – the future Iraq – is considered a sideshow. The capture of Baghdad in March 1917 was a minor boost for Britain and its allies compared with the ongoing grind of the Western Front.

More so, the adventures of T E Lawrence and the Arab Revolt made for more exciting stories against the bitter campaign being fought farther east. However, oil, empty promises and imperialism would lead rapidly from victory in Mesopotamia to a new conflict with the Iraqi people.

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