6/3/1917 Maude advances to the gates of Baghdad

After building up a stock of supplies, Britain’s Maude resumes his advance on Baghdad from Kut-al-Amara. Now he reaches Salman Pak and the Arch of Ctesiphon. Here Townshend was forced to retreat in 1915 but things are different now. Turkish strength in Mesopotamia has depleted while that of the British has grown. The Turks make no stand at Salman Pak and the town falls unopposed to Maude. Now he prepares for the final advance on Baghdad.

image sources:

The Arch of Ctesiphon (100 Years Ago Today: a Chronological Catalogue of the Tragedy of the First World War)

Maude’s men advance on the Arch of Ctesiphon (Alexandra Churchill (@churchill_alex) on Twitter)

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