A couple of weeks back I discussed the British landings in Mesopotamia and the "First Fights on the Road to Basra, November 6-12, 1914." It's time for an update. On this day and the next two a century ago British and Indian force occupied Basra.
After General Walter Delamain and the 16th Brigade of the 6th (Poona) Division of Indian Expeditionary Force "D" had secured their landings at Fao, Abadan and Muhammara, he was reinforced by the arrival of the another brigade, the 18th, and the Divisional HQ. General Sir Arthur Barrett, Commander of the 6th Division, took command. Barrett arrived with orders to take Basra. [view whole blog post ]