HALL, Lieut.-Col. L.J., and Brigadier-General R.H.W. HUGHES [editor]. The Inland Water Transport in Mesopotamia. Compiled by Lieut.-Col. L. J. Hall. London, Constable, 1921.
8vo. Original beige cloth, spine lettered in gilt; pp. xx, 252, folding map of Lower Mesopotamia as frontispiece, numerous plates after photographs, 2 folding distance tables, folding table, folding plan of Basrah docks; binding a little bumbed and bubbled in places; cloth a bit marked; internally very good.
First edition, very rare. This is a detailed and highly illustrated documentation of the immense role of movement on - and improvement of - the Iraqi inland waterways. 'The report by Lieut.-Colonel Hughes … of the work of the vessels accompanying the army during the advance on Baghdad, describes the apotheosis of effort … The organisation of this huge river fleet, in an undeveloped country in the midst of war, has been the largest thing of its kind ever seen, and is a lasting example of the value of thoroughness, and of "going large" from the start' (preface, p. viii). The geography (better: hydrography) of the country and the starting point of the Indo-British intervention made these waterways a peril and an opportunity during the campaign.