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The Tigris Front

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Mahaylas, the freighters of the Shatt al- Arab and Tigris and a valuable addition to the means of transport, varied in length from thirty to eighty feet with a beam about one third of the length, and in cargo capacity from ten to seventy-five tons. It was alleged that when the Turkish steam-launch Marmaris was sunk during the advance women too had rushed naked into the water to take a hand in the looting; but in the author experience they always kept themselves decently covered even when wading through waist-high water. The author spent thirty-six hours at Amara dealing with a mass of inward and outward telegrams and conferring with the A.P.O., Captain C. F. Macpherson, who had organized useful force of river police between Qurna and the front. The military situation on the Tigris front, as it had developed since the retreat from Ctesiphon, was not a happy one.

Keywords: C. F. Macpherson; mahaylas; outward telegrams; Shatt al- Arab; Tigris front

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