9/1/1916 Sheikh Saad: a pyrrhic victory for the British

A British column under General Aylmer is attempting to raise the siege of Kut in Mesopotamia. At Sheikh Saad they have been blocked by a well prepared Turkish force. Initial attacks failed to break through the Turks but now at last the British have secured the position. The cost has been high: the British have suffered 4,000 casualties in just four days of fighting.

Now Aylmer’s force is just 25 miles from Kut. It cannot be long before he is able to rescue Townshend’s force there. Aylmer radios ahead to report his victory at Sheikh Saad. News that the siege will soon be over causes great rejoicing among the Kut garrison.

image source (Royal Navy and Naval History)

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