National Geographic : 1941 Aug
G.Eric Matson Upstream from Babylon a Barrage Dams the Historic Euphrates That noted irrigation engineer, Sir William Willcocks, began this Hindiya Dam in the last years of the Ottoman Empire. Itcontrols river flow and waters near-by fields where once Nebuchadnezzar "did eat grass as oxen" (Daniel 4:33). Just after the camera snapped, two men in thegufa cast their netand made abig haul of fish. More than once in Iraq history, invaders have starved out the defenders by shutting off their ditches. This spring Iraqis flooded theplains west ofBaghdad, seeking vainly to stop British forces advancing from Lake Habbaniya.