Captain Reginald Walter 'Reg' Saunders 1920-1999
We band of brothers,
For he today that sheds his blood with me,
Shall be my brother,
the savage nature of the fighting and the major battles;
The Turkish Ottoman Empire was massive. It was nicknamed “The Sick Man of Europe.” because it was crumbling, before World War One it had lost its colonies in the Balkans. Britain and her allies France and Russia wanted to carve the rest of it up. Russia would get Constantinople and access to the Aegean Sea, France would get Syria and Lebanon and Britain would have Palestine and Iraq. Even then Iraq’s massive oil reserves were highly valued with the British navy converting from being fuelled by coal to oil. And as proved by Australia's role the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq Britain's imperial relationship has been replaced by the United States.