Operation AXIOM: The World War—The Siege of Kut, Part IV
29 April 1916: The British garrison at Kut-Al-Amara surrendered after a siege of almost one hundred fifty days; a ransom of £2,000,000, offered by T. E. Lawrence ("of Arabia"), was rejected by Ottoman Minister of War Evner Pasha; General Townshend lived in comfort & luxury as a P.O.W., the toast of Constantinople, while the majority of his men, both British & Indian, died of maltreatment in captivity.
The Wayback Machine Tour of the Siege of Kut
№ CDLXXI: The Battle of Ctesiphon (Prologue)
№ CDLXXV: The siege of Kut-Al-Amara begins (Part I)
№ CDLXXVIII: The Battle of Sheikh Sa'ad (Part II)
№ CDLXXXVI: The Battle of Dujaila (Part III)
Lest we forget.