Captured at Kut, Prisoner of the Turks

The Great War Diaries of Colonel William Spackman

Colonel R.A. Spackman

Date Published :
April 2009
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Editor :
Tony Spackman
Illustration :
16 pages of b&w illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781844158737
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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This edited diary is Colonel Bill Spackman’s extraordinary personal record of his experiences as the Medical Officer of an Indian Infantry battalion during the Mesopotamian Campaign 1914 – 1916. In particular he describes the harrowing events of the five month siege of Kut and, after the surrender of the 10,000 strong garrison in April 1916, the hardships of the 1,000 mile forced march to Anatolia in Turkey. As a doctor he witnessed at first hand suffering the and deaths of many POWs, both British and Indian.

The book goes on the record life in Turkish captivity which was relatively relaxed and fortunately, in sharp contrast to their earlier experiences.

Written with humorous understatement and infinite good sense Captured at Kut : Prisoner of the Turks is a gripping read and will appeal strongly not just to Great War enthusiasts but all who enjoy reading of the triumph of men over extreme adversity.

About The Author

Colonel R.A. Spackman is an author and historian.


"This young officer’s story is written with enthusiasm, is easy to read and details the experience of the campaign. The addition of some excellent photographs … provide a good visual context."


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