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  • Hardcover
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  • Enemy on the Euphrates
  • Ian Rutledge
  • English
  • 06 March 2019
  • 9780863567629

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Enemy on the Euphrates Review õ 102 Armed British gunboats were sunk or capturedThe uest for oil was central to Britain's Middle East policy during the First World War and was one of the principal reasons for its continuing occupation of Ira However with around 131000 Arabs in arms at one stage of the conflict the British were very nearly driven out Only a massive infusion of Indian troops and the. I must confess to having read this book in errorI bought it unseen to further my knowledge about the First World War Mesopotamian campaign It does cover it but only in passing Instead it tells an eually compelling story one of British military and diplomatic bungling and duplicity in modern day Ira As an example of how not to win the hearts and minds of host communities it would be hard to beat and all in the uest for oilfelds that never returned on their early potential Read it and weep

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Enemy on the Euphrates Review õ 102 Between July 1920 and February 1921 in the territory known as Mesopotamia now the modern state of Ira an Arab uprising came perilously close to inflicting a shattering defeat upon the British Empire A huge peasant army surrounded and besieged British garrisons with sand bagged entrenchments; British columns and armoured trains were ambushed and destroyed; and well. The Empire expandsIn many ways the book is shocking It shows the arrogance and plain cruelty of the British elite in pursuing territorial gain using military methods that were common in Medieval times That involved creating scorched earth whereby whole villages were burnt down their inhabitants including women and children killed together with their livestock while crops were burnt In order to take control of Ira the British carried out those same policies only using modern euipment and in particular airplanes that could unopposed bomb villages and tribesman There was complete disregard of innocent lives being wasted Officers had a much sympathy for the Natives as the SS had for Poles or Russians in WW2 and like them some Commanders literally revelled in the success of what they were doing At first the war was aimed at the Turks but once the World War finished the Government had realised that the enormous oil deposits near Mosul were worth hanging on to damn the offer to Arabs of Independence if they helped defeat the Turks The result was the Rebellion of 1920 1 which was viciously suppressed just as the French were doing in Syria their own prize for winning the war No surprise that when the British again occupied Basra in 2003 onwards the local feeling against them was so strong 1921 was still remembered and they were shifted by the Americans to Afghanistan The age old tactic of burn and destroy still continues in places like Afghanistan where troops arrive at night in remote villages by helicopter and create mayhem that includes shooting young men and boys indiscriminately then flying off It s designed to show them who is Boss but there s little doubt the troops on the ground enjoy it knowing the State will always protect them against accusations of war crimes They no longer call it Punitive action designed to punish rebellious indigenous but the result is the same The Ira war of 1914 21 is not well known in Britain and rarely if ever appears on a School curriculum and those involved are still awarded medals and honours just as they have always done This is a measured and detailed account that avoids comment but it doesn t have to Nothing much changes in the UK

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Enemy on the Euphrates Review õ 102 Widespread use of aircraft prevented a total rout Enemy on the Euphrates is the definitive account of the first British occupation of Ira and the revolt against it in 1920 Using a wealth of primary sources Ian Rutledge brings central players such as Winston Churchill Arnold Wilson TE Lawrence Gertrude Bell and Sir Mark Sykes vividly to life in this gripping accoun. A good survey that contextualizes events in the Near East and British Arab relations from the beginning of the 20th century to the end of the First World War Concealed Identity brings central players such as Winston Churchill Arnold Wilson TE Lawrence Gertrude Bell and Sir Mark Sykes vividly to life in this gripping accoun. A good survey that contextualizes events in the Near East and British Arab relations from the Heritage of Love beginning of the 20th century to the end of the First World War