By F. W. E. Johnson

The fifth Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers shaped a part of the tenth (Irish) department raised on the outbreak of the nice struggle in keeping with Kitchener’s demand volunteers. This very concise historical past relates the battalion’s exploits which all started at Gallipoli in July 1915. After a troublesome mauling during this doomed crusade, the battalion recuperated at the Greek island of Lemnos earlier than being hurled into another forlorn company : the try to keep Serbia from being overrun. The unit’s years within the Balkans ended at the Macedonian entrance, to which they bid farewell within the autumn of 1916, with stories ‘chiefly composed of worry, ailment and ennui’. The battalion’s subsequent port of name was once the Palestine crusade of 1917-18, replacing mountain war for the wilderness. In Palestine the Battalion eventually tasted victory opposed to the Turks, aiding to force them from the Gaza-Bethsheba line and deep into the hills of Judea. The battalion eventually embarked for France in may well 1918. After a well-merited spell of go away, and regardless of enduring its first fuel assault, the battalion joined the pursuit of the Germans around the River Scheldt within the ultimate weeks of the struggle.

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J * * JTI z j \ Baghdad, even in its shrunken 12th- and 13th-century form, posed an even greater problem; so much so that in the mid-1130s a night-time sortie by a large force defeated part of the Great Seljuk sultan Ma'sud's besieging army. However, Baghdad's size would not save it from the huge army that the Mongols could field, and actually may have made the city more difficult to defend in 1258. Ibn Tiqtaqa's account of the fall of the 'Abbasid caliphate included details he learned from the nephew of the caliph's wazir, who survived this catastrophe: T h e people unexpectedly saw the Mongol standards appear on the wall of Baghdad by the tower called the Persian Tower, near one of the gates of Baghdad called the Kalwadha Gate.

1 Upper part of the wall showing 'jars' set into wall-walk; 2 Solid lower walls, with well in the south-western corner of courtyard. (After Diez) H Shumaymis castle; 13th-century fortifications shown black; later additions and strengthening shown grey. (After Bylinski) I Busra citadel in 12th century. 1 Roman theatre; 2 Eastern entrance unblocked; 3 Western fortified tower of 1089; 4 Eastern fortified tower of 1089; 5 South-western fortified tower built shortly before Second Crusade; 6 Entrances to Roman theatre walled up or considerably narrowed.

After Diez) H Shumaymis castle; 13th-century fortifications shown black; later additions and strengthening shown grey. (After Bylinski) I Busra citadel in 12th century. 1 Roman theatre; 2 Eastern entrance unblocked; 3 Western fortified tower of 1089; 4 Eastern fortified tower of 1089; 5 South-western fortified tower built shortly before Second Crusade; 6 Entrances to Roman theatre walled up or considerably narrowed. (After Yovitchitch) J Busra citadel in 13th century. Fortifications added before 1150 shown black; Ayyubid and later structures grey.

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