According to the report, 16,583 British and Indian officers and men were taken prisoner by Turkey during the course of the First World War. Their welfare, and the conditions in which they were kept, were of great concern to the British and Indian Governments.
The majority of the British and Indian prisoners had been taken captive by the Turkish forces at the end of the siege at Kut-al-Amara, in Mesopotamia, on 29 April 1916.
The report by Lord Justice Younger’s committee details the brutal march the prisoners of war were forced to make to camps in Anatolia, and the harsh treatment they received once they arrived. Of the 10,000 troops which surrendered at Kut, 4,000 would die on the march or in the Turkish camps.
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- Stephen Badsey
- The war machine
Professor Stephen Badsey considers the huge volume of official documentation produced during and after World World One for both public circulation and as secret state records.