The Siege

Hardcover, New York: The Viking Press, 1969. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. Author interviewed every survivor he could find, read all known diaries, letters, and journals of survivors, and ran them into a seamless account of the Siege of Kut El Amarah, the worst British military disaster between Balaklava and Singapore. In the winter of 1915-1916 a force of 10,000 British and Indian troops was besieged in Mesopotamia by a superior force of Turks and Arabs. The siege lasted 147 days before the British surrendered. The survivors were marched 1,200 miles across desert and mountain - a journey that killed 70% of the British soldiers and 50% of the Indian soldiers. British attemps to relieve the siege sustained an additional 23,000 casualties. The author is not shy about his belief that the British commanders were "idiots." With photographs and maps. Book is very gently bumped at top of spine. No pevious owner marks, text and illustrations clean and bright. Unclipped dust jacket is clean and bright with minor wear. Ships same or next business day well protected in a box. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 352 pages. [Item #77933]

Price: $30.00

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