For a brief time, WWI seemed to take strategy back in time to the Medieval period, centering on a struggle for a castle, and the area it dominated.

Following Britain’s declaration of war against the Ottoman Empire, Britain leaders were concerned that their oil facilities in the Persian Gulf were not secure. It was decided that the best way to improve the situation was to seize the Ottoman held portions of the Persian Gulf. This meant taking the fortress at the small port town of Fao (Faw).

The British landed on November 6, being immediately met by infantry assaults by the Ottoman’s as well as fire from the fortress itself. Much like medieval times, the troops found themselves digging trenches and building defenses while they awaited the construction (arrival) of their siege weapons (heavy artillery).



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