What a great, fuckn read. The first of Carlyon's books I read and the man makes history real. Even when you know the results you still need to turn the page. Brilliantly researched and excellently written.
Lieut-Gen. Sir Frederick Stanley Maude KCB CMG DSO (MID 5x) (24.6.1864|18.11.1917) Gen. Staff Commander-in-Chief, Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force, 1916. Late Coldstream Guards. Educated Eton + Sandhurst. Saw service on Western Front 1914|15. Saw service Gallipoli 1915|16. Last man evacuated from Suvla Bay. Transferred to Mesopotamia, 3/1916 overseeing victories, + the capture of Baghdad, 3/1917. Died of cholera aged 53. Buried Maude Tomb, centre of Baghdad (North Gate) Cemetery.
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