The Fall of Kut – 29 April 1916


For 147 days between December 1915 and April 1916, Turkish forces besieged the town of Kut on the River Tigris.  The weather was ‘bitterly cold’, Turkish guns were a constant menace, and the efforts of Anglo-Indian forces under General Aylmer to break the siege were failing.

To mark the centenary of the British surrender on 29 April 1916, we recorded a series of vivid eye witness accounts of the Siege for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


Read by Gunnar Cauthery
Recorded at Motivation Sound Studios

With grateful thanks to Dr Ali Al-Manaser, Khalili Research Centre, University of Oxford, for advising on pronunciation

Producer: Catriona Oliphant

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