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Where British Troops Are Fighting near the City of "The Arabian Nights": Bagdad and Ctesiphon

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I– WHERE THE TROOPS (AS SEEN IN THE BACKGROUND, WERE ABLE TO BATHE AND PADDLE IN THE RIVER LA CORNER OF BRITISH TRENCHES.


THE MEN WHO HAVE LED THE ANGLO-INDIAN FORCES ALONG THE TIGRIS TOWARDS BAGDAD SIR JOHN NIXON AND THE HEADQUARTERS STAFFr


‘-W A FAMOUS RUIN AT CTESIPHON THE TAKHTI KHESRA OR THRONE OF CHOSROES – L ON(E THE WINTER RESIDENCE OF THE PARTHIAN KINGS


4,. SWHERE THE ASS IS A STATELY AIMAL A ROAD IN THE OUTSKIRTS OF BAGDAD, LINED WITH DATE-PALMS.


SPICTURESQUE COSTUME ” I INMOST BAGDAD ” : A STREET SWITH NEW TURKISH BARRACKS ON THE LEFT).


_ 1·1–1 ~ 1, WHERE THE BAGDAD RAILWAY CROSSES THE EUPHRATES: THE NEW TEMPORARY BRIDGE AT JERABLUS, THE ANCIENT CARCHEMISH. FROM THE EAST. OR MESOPOTAMIAN, SIDE OF THE RIVER.


t 1 ; . _ j LIKE AN ANCIENT BRITISH CORACLE A KUFA ONE OFBAGDADS PECULIAR ROUND BOATS L_


THE DESERT MARCH TOWARDS BAGDAD: BRITISH TROOPS PHOTOGRAPHED JUST BEFORE THEY EXTENDED AND CAME INTO ACTION.


PRAISED FOR HIS EXCELLENT HANDLING OF THE TROOPS ” AT CTESIPHON: GENERAL TOWNSHEND AND HIS STAFF.


F~s THE BUILDING OF A KUFA AT BAGDAD A BOAT LIKE A BIG ROUND WICKER-BASKET.


At Ctesophon and the approaches to Bagdad the Anglo-Indian Expedition under Sir John Ntion, to whose brilliant conduct of the campaign the Prime Minister recently paid a high trsbute, is on ground famous both in history and romane -the country of Haroun at Raschid and the “Arabian Nights.” The India Offire announced that “General Townshend’s Divisnon attacked the Turkssh position at Ctesiphon, i8 miles from Bagdad, on the 32nd,” and a later official statement said: “The Turks are reported to be retiring on Dialah, about to miles above Ctesiphon. . . . t3oo (prisoners) have been marched back to Lajj. Our wounded are reported to number about a5oo. . . . General Nixon speaks in terms of high praise of the excellent handling of the troops by General Townshend, and of the splendid spirit shown by them.” Ctesiphon, now a large village, is on the left bank of the Tigris, opposite the site of Seleucia. One of our photographs shows the magnificent ruins of the Takhti IChesra, or “Throne of Chosroes,” with its huge vaulted hall and a portion of the


lagade. It was built under the Arsacidae. Near it is the tomb of the barber of Mahomed, Suleiman Pak. Ctesiphon was once a suburb of Seleucia., after whose decline it became the winter residence of the Parthian kings. Of modern Bagdad, Mr. Perceval London writes: Though the romance of Bagdad is gone-the merchants still sit and make scandal in the sanme Sold way, in the same old dress. . . . Of Haroun-al-Raschid’s brilliant capital there is not one brick left upon another. . . . the great Kaliph’s city was on the western banks of the river, where no one now lives except the Shiahs and the German staff of the Bagdad Railway Company.” The railway bridge shown above, which is about a mile long and cost a million francs, is intended to be replaced later by one of stone and steel, costing three million francs. It is feared that the temporary bridge may not withstand the heavy floods of the Euphrates. Beyond it may be seen the mound which is the site of the ancient Hittite capital, Carchemish, where British archaeologists have made important excavations.



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