Iraq 1941

Iraq 1941

The battles for Basra, Habbaniya, Fallujah and Baghdad

Campaign 165
  • Author: Robert Lyman
  • Illustrator: Howard Gerrard
  • Short code: CAM 165
  • Publication Date: 28 Feb 2006
  • ISBN: 9781841769912
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 96
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About this Product

The events in Iraq in 1941 had crucial strategic consequences. The country's oil reserves were a highly coveted prize for the Axis powers, and its location provided a corridor in the defence of Palestine and the Suez Canal. Had Iraq fallen to the Axis powers, Britain could have lost its foothold in the Middle East and the Mediterranean and risked losing World War II. This book examines the strategy and tactics of the Iraq campaign, the role of the Indian Army and the Arab Legion, the nature of expeditionary warfare and the complementary roles of air and land power.

Biographical Note

Robert Lyman served in the British Army for 20 years, where he taught military history and international affairs. His book Slim: Master of War (Constable, 2004) has been highly praised ,and he is currently writing an analysis of the First Gulf War (1941). Educated at Scotch College, Melbourne and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, he also has degrees from the Universities of York, Wales, London and Cranfield. He lives in Berkshire, UK.Howard Gerrard studied at the Wallasey School of Art and has been a freelance designer and illustrator for over 20 years. He has worked for a number of publishers and is an associate member of the Guild of Aviation Artists. He has won both the Society of British Aerospace Companies Award and the Wilkinson Sword Trophy and has illustrated a number of books for Osprey. Howard lives and works in Kent, UK


Origins of the Campaign: British colonial rule in Iraq and oil
Opposing Commanders
Opposing Forces: RAF Habbaniya, 10th Indian Division, 1st Cavalry Division and Arab Legion v. Iraqi Air Force, Iraqi Army, Luftwaffe
The Campaign
Aftermath: occupation of Iraq

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