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Second Battle of Kut
Part of the Mesopotamian Campaign of World War I
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Situation at Kut on February 22, 1917.
Date February 23, 1917
Location Kut, Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq)
Result British victory
Belligerents
United Kingdom United Kingdom
 Ottoman Empire
Commanders
United Kingdom Frederick Maude Ottoman Empire Karabekir Bey
Strength
50,000 25,000
Casualties and losses
32,000 22,000


The Second Battle of Kut was fought on February 23, 1917, between British and Ottoman forces at Kut, Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq).

The battle was part of the British advance to Baghdad begun in December 1916 by a 50,000-man British force (mainly from British India) organized in two army corps.

The British, led by Frederick Stanley Maude, recaptured the city, but the Ottoman garrison there did not get trapped inside (as had happened to Townshend's troops in the previous year when the Ottomans had besieged Kut in the Siege of Kut): the Turkish commander, Karabekir Bey, managed a good-order retreat from the town of his remaining soldiers (about 2,500), pursued by a British fluvial flotilla along the Tigris River.

The British advance wore off on February 27 at Aziziyeh, some 100 kilometers (60 miles) beyond Kut. After three days' worth of supplies had been accumulated, Maude continued his march toward Baghdad.

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