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To the east a Turkish force which had invaded the Persian province of Khuzistan had been joined by large numbers of Arab tribesmen and was threatening not only General Barrett's communications with Qurna but also the Anglo-Persian oil fields and pipe-line, and perhaps even Basra itself. To meet this serious situation Force 'D' had been progressively reinforced, until by the beginning of April it had reached the dimensions of an Army Corps comprising two Divisions, a Cavalry Brigade and Corps Troops. In the second of his two books on the campaign, Mesopotamia 1917-1920, A. T. Wilson wrote, "Of the hundred or so political officers, in the proper sense of the term, attached to the force Leachman was the most outstanding character in the eyes of the Arabs, Soane of the Kurds and Noel of the Persians". The names of all three appear frequently in this chapter.

Keywords: A. T. Wilson; Anglo-Persian oil fields; Arab tribesmen; Basra; Mesopotamia 1917-1920

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