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The Great War

Episode 24: Allah Made Mesopotamia and Added Flies

Duration: 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

This episode examines the war in the Middle East. With the Western Front dominating the minds of generals and statesmen, they sought a back door to victory. The Dardanelles expedition of 1915 had been one attempt to find such a solution. The campaigns in the Middle East - in Egypt, Palestine, and Mesopotamia - were another. By October 1918 the Allies had captured Aleppo and Baghdad at a cost of 164,000 casualties, but were still far from Turkey's heartland. Show less

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