Battle of Jarrab

Battle of Jarrab
Part of World War I
Date17 January 1915
Jarrab Lake, North of town of Al Majma'ah, Arabia
Result Rashidi victory
Jabal Shammar Nejd and Hasa
Supported by:
British Empire
Commanders and leaders
Saud bin Abdulaziz Abdulaziz Ibn Saud
William Shakespear 
1,500-1,800 2,000
Casualties and losses
Unknown Unknown

The Battle of Jarrab was a territorial battle between the Al Sa'ud and their traditional enemies the Al Rashid in January 1915. It was a proxy battle of World War I between the British-supported Sa'udis and the Ottoman-supported Rashidis.

The main significance of the battle was the death of Ibn Sa'ud's British Military Advisor, Captain William Shakespear. This diminished the relationship between Ibn Sa'ud and the British, changing the course of the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire.


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