FORGOTTEN FRONTS OF WW1
100 years on from the Battle of Ctesiphon, Jonathan Scott picks useful websites for researching this campaign and other lesser-known chapters of the First World War
The best online resources to research lesser-known WW1 campaigns
Ctesiphon lies on the western bank of the Tigris River, about 16 miles south-east of Baghdad. And 100 years ago this month it was the setting of a bloody battle in the Mesopotamian Campaign, when, after two days of hard fighting, the Ottoman Empire’s forces halted the British advance.
The centenary years are producing a multitude of books, websites, documentaries and commemorations focusing on historic chapters of the Great War – the Somme, Verdun, Ypres and the guns falling silent.
But what if your ancestor served in one of the lesser-known theatres, or fought in one of the more unsung battles? These websites can help you discover more about the build-up and aftermath of battles and campaigns in Italy, Palestine, Mesopotamia, Salonika and more.