Political map of South & Southwest Asia 30 November 1916 (Pacification of South Persia): Back in Persia, the Ottomans had rolled back the Russian offensive and taken Hamadan (Persian Campaign). However the British were finally prepared - they had just formed their own 'Persia force' from local recruits. In July they marched out of Kerman with these South Persia Rifles, crossing the interior to Isfahan and Shiraz. South Persia had been secured for the Allies.