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

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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.

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