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Wassmuss had initially accompanied Niedermayer on his journey to Afghanistan in order to foment Jehad against the British armed with a proclamation from the Turkish Caliph. Wassmuss separated from the main expedition and headed south into Persia for the same ends. He managed to persuade several tribes to commit to rising up against the British. There were several attacks on the British base at Bushire which tied down a significant number of British soldiers at a critical time in the British Mesopotamian Campaign. In reality though, with almost no communications or support from Germany, his ability to sustain tribal antagonism towards the British waned. His intention was to get the government of Persia to declare for Germany but the power of Britain (and their allies Russia) in the region was just too great for any Persian politicians to commit to such a dangerous course of action.

Wassmuss: The German Lawrence Book Review



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