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Captured at Kut, Prisoner of the Turks (Hardback)

The Great War Diaries of Colonel William Spackman

Military > Biographies > Military Biographies Military > Prisoners of War WWI > Battles & Campaigns > Mesopotamia WWI > Biography & Memoirs WWI > By Year > 1914 WWI > By Year > 1915 WWI > By Year > 1916 WWI > Prisoners of War

By R A Spackman
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781844158737
Published: 19th January 2009
Last Released: 11th February 2009



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This edited diary is Colonel Bill Spackman's extraordinary personal record of his experiences as the Medical Officer of an Indian Infantry battalion during the Mesopotamian Campaign 1914 - 1916. In particular he describes the harrowing events of the five month siege of Kut and, after the surrender of the 10,000 strong garrison in April 1916, the hardships of the 1,000 mile forced march to Anatolia in Turkey. As a doctor he witnessed at first hand suffering the and deaths of many POWs, both British and Indian.

The book goes on the record life in Turkish captivity which was relatively relaxed and fortunately, in sharp contrast to their earlier experiences.

Written with humorous understatement and infinite good sense Captured at Kut : Prisoner of the Turks is a gripping read and will appeal strongly not just to Great War enthusiasts but all who enjoy reading of the triumph of men over extreme adversity.

..... "Captured at Kut" is a fine addition to our understanding of the conflict.

A remarkable work and one that i heartily recommend.

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