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Wednesday 20 February 1918 We Lost 256

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

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ancient history
not crumbling but free-flowing
feeding the present

Kim M. Russell, 2018

My response to Carpe Diem #1372 Mesopotamia

Our journey along the ancient Silk Road has brought us to ancient Mesopotamia.


25 January 1918 – “Inundations”

Following the loss of one of its two DH4 on 21 January, 30 Squadron RFC was unfortunate to lose the other today.

This evening, five pilots from 63 Squadron RFC bombed Humr aerodrome and five from 30 Squadron RFC attacked Kifri. 212 more words


Babylonian Mathematics and Astronomy

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


21 January 1918 - Direct hit

Today, on the Mesopotamian front, twelve bombers of various types from 30 Squadron RFC attacked the advanced German aerodrome at Kifri. Many bombs were seen to burst near aeroplanes on the landing-ground, though the extent of the damage was unclear. 69 more words


Journey from Baghdad (27 Jan) to Hamedan (7 Feb)

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.

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