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Captured at Kut: Prisoner of the Turks: The Great War Diaries of Colonel WC Spackman
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 ...more
Hardcover, 206 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Pen & Sword Books
(first published March 2009)
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This is a vivid, atmospheric, and fair minded narrative which sheds light on one of the more obscure theatres of the Great War. It is pleasing to note that the author survived the events he describes by many years - and even re-visited the scene of his captivity fifty years afterwards.