Battle of Shaiba

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Battle of Shaiba
Part of Mesopotamia Campaign
Date: 12-14 April 1915
Location: Shaibah, Iraq
Presidency: not in British India
Co-ordinates: 30.414°N 47.652°E
Result: British victory
United Kingdom Ottoman Empire
Maj-Gen Sir Charles Melliss VC Colonel Süleyman Askeri Bey
about 5,000 about 5,000
Officers: 14 dead, 40 wounded
Other ranks: 1.076 killed and wounded

This event is part of the Mesopotamia Campaign in the First World War


Sulaiman Askari commanded a large Turkish and Arab force at Nasariyeh from where he threatened Basra. Forces under Maj-Gen Melliss were sent to meet him at Shaiba ten miles west of Basra. The Turks were defeated after a prolonged engagement and Sulaiman Askari shot himself.

External links

Mesopotamian Campaign Wikipedia
Battle of Shaiba Google Books
Battle of Shaiba
Major Godfrey Wheeler's VC Wikipedia

Historical books online