MOBERLY, Frederick James. The Campaign in Mesopotamia 1914-1918. Compiled, at the Request of the Government of India, under the Directon of the Historical Section of the Committee of Imperial Defence. London, HMSO, 1923-1927.
Four volumes, 8vo. Original red cloth, spines lettered in gilt; highly illustrated with plates after photographs and folding maps, many of which in rear pockets; varying light wear, discolouration and fading to bindings, internally very good.
All volumes in first edition, errata slip in volume one. This, the most comprehensive - if biased - account of the First World War in Iraq, or the Mesopotamian Campaign was researched and written by Brigadier James Frederick Moberly, who was born in 1867 in Madras and became a leading military historian. The four volumes, published in the series History of the Great War, cover and illustrate the Turkish province before the war, the Indian Army, the decision to invade, the capture of Basra, Turkish counter attacks, the British advance on Baghdad, reorganisation of the British forces after the siege and fall of Kut, and the eventual capture of Baghdad. The set concludes with British and Indian operations in Persia, Kurdistan and the Caspian Sea in campaigns against the Bolsheviks under General Dunsterville. A complete set of this exhaustive military history of Iraq from 1914 to 1918 is rarely seen.