When God Made Hell: The British Invasion of Mesopotamia and the Creation of Iraq 1914-1921

Charles Townshend


When God Made Hell: The British Invasion of Mesopotamia and the Creation of Iraq 1914-1921

When God Made Hell: The British Invasion of Mesopotamia and the Creation of Iraq 1914-1921

  • Title: When God Made Hell: The British Invasion of Mesopotamia and the Creation of Iraq 1914-1921
  • Author: Charles Townshend
  • ISBN: 9780571237197
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Hardcover



Since 2003, Iraq has rarely left the headlines But less discussed is the fact that Iraq as we know it was created by the British, in one of the most dramatic interventions in recent history A cautious strategic invasion by British forces led within seven years to imperial expansion on a dizzying scale, with fateful consequences for the Middle East and the world In WSince 2003, Iraq has rarely left the headlines But less discussed is the fact that Iraq as we know it was created by the British, in one of the most dramatic interventions in recent history A cautious strategic invasion by British forces led within seven years to imperial expansion on a dizzying scale, with fateful consequences for the Middle East and the world In When God Made Hell, Charles Townshend charts Britain s path from one of its worst military disasters to extraordinary success with largely unintended consequences, through overconfidence, incompetence and dangerously vague policy With monumental research and exceptionally vivid accounts of on the ground warfare, this a truly gripping account of the Mesopotamia campaign, and its place in the wider political and international context For anyone seeking to understand the roots of British involvement in Iraq, it is essential reading.


Recent Comments "When God Made Hell: The British Invasion of Mesopotamia and the Creation of Iraq 1914-1921"

THIS BOOK IS an exquisite history of the excruciatingly difficult, perhaps pointless, often disastrous British invasion and occupation of Mesopotamia between 1914 and 1924. The publisher calls it a “cautionary tale for [today’s] makers of national policy.” I’m not so sure. Read more

Several others have already commernted on the relevancy of this book to present times, but it’s worth repeating: Change the dates and the names of the players in this book and you have a description of the disastrous blunders made by the Western powers who tried, and are stil trying, to restore their version of order to Mideast nations in recent times. I also appreciated that Townshend did not insult the reader’s intelligence, as some authors do, by needlessly pointing out the obvious compar [...]

Detailed history of one of WWI's most obscure (and pointless) sideshows. Townshend understandably focuses on the campaign's hardships: poor planning (military and political), inadequate provisions and medical care, hostile climate and a determined enemy. A modern reader will be astonished at how haphazard British strategy was, evolving from active defense to ad hoc conquest. Townshend invites comparisons with the recent Anglo-American adventure in Iraq but a close reading of his text highlights [...]

Very good book expertly written ,I have read numerous books on WW1 but never about what happened in "Iraq" ,its absolutely amazing to read such complete similarity's with the debacle of 2003 ,it is a scandal that those politicians and military people either did not know what happened before or simply ignored it ,.ever the fact remains the lessons were all there ,shame so many good people had to die AGAIN and that it has now led to the destabilisation of a large part of the world .Highly recommen [...]

The story of Britain's misbegotten conquest of Mesopotamia in World War I. Here are some of the roots of today's instability in the region.


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