British troops occupy Khan Abu Rayat on the Euphrates fourteen miles from Ramadic and patrols advance to within ten miles of Hit.
Two British steamers are sunk and suffer casualties on this day. 115 more words
The ancient Babylonians have been one of the most influential cultures in history. They gave us the concept of 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour and 24 hours in a day, they developed the first mathematics and astronomy and are responsible for the fact that there are 360 degrees in a circle and 12 months in a year, as well as for most of the constellations that we still use. 1,555 more words
This map shows the route across the mountains which run between modern-day Iraq and Iran. It’s astonishing to think it took 12 days to do a journey which Google Maps reckons should take just about 9 hours.The map also shows the critical nature of the region – with the Turks, the Russians (the old, white Russians loyal to the Tsar as well as the ‘red’ Communist/Bolshevik Russians), the British and the Germans all desperate to control this piece of land.