Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Tigers Along the Tigris

Tigers Along the Tigris: The Leicestershire Regiment in Mesopotamia During the First World War
By E. J. Thompson
Published by Leonaur Limited, 2007
ISBN 1846773660, 9781846773662
144 pages

I am reading this book currently and am quite enjoying it. It details the authors experiences in the Battles between Baghdad and Samarra in 1917. For wargamers it's a treasure trove, as he has detailed info on each of the battles the Meerut Division participated in and has included hand-drawn maps. Interspersed with poetry and wit (Thompson's commander, Fowkes, quoted Shakespeare saying "He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart" to soldiers sick from water-borne disease right before one engagement) it's a very enjoyable and informative book. Personally I find it great because each battle has Sikhs, the Tigers and Indian Cavalry all of which we have available in the club miniatures pool.

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