December 9, This Day during the World War l

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December 9, 1914 – The Battle of Qurna was between British forces and Ottoman forces that had retreated from Basra, which they lost at the Battle of Basra (1914) during the Mesopotamian campaign of World War I. On 3 December, the Ottomans were dug in at Qurna. A British force of two Indian battalions; the 104th Wellesley’s Rifles and the 110th Mahratta Light Infantry, and a double company of British soldiers from the Norfolk Regiment accompanied by several gunboats attacked them. The Royal Navy vessels on the Euphrates kept the Ottomans under fire while British troops managed to cross the Tigris.  The British and Indian troops advanced across open ground but no crossing could be made across the river into Qurna itself. The British force retired. On the 6th, reinforced by the rest of the Norfolk Regiment, the 7th Rajputs and 120th Infantry and some mountain guns, they tried again…

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