Kurdish Armour Against ISIS

Kurdish Armour Against ISIS

YPG/SDF tanks, technicals and AFVs in the Syrian Civil War, 2014–19

New Vanguard 299
  • Author: Ed Nash, Alaric Searle
  • Illustrator: Irene Cano Rodríguez
  • Short code: NVG 299
  • Publication Date: 16 Sep 2021
  • Number of Pages: 48
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One of the most remarkable mechanized campaigns of recent years pitted the brutal and heavily armed jihadis of Islamic State against an improvised force belonging to the Kurdish YPG (later the SDF). While some Kurdish vehicles were originally from Syrian Army stocks or captured from ISIS, many others were extraordinary homemade AFVs based on truck or digger mechanicals, or duskas, the Kurds' version of the technical. Before US air power was sent to Syria, these were the Kurds' most powerful and mobile weapons.


Co-written by a British volunteer who fought with the Kurds and an academic expert on armoured warfare, this study explains how the Kurds built and used their AFVs in the war against ‘Daesh', and identifies as far as possible which vehicles took part in major battles, such as Kobane, Manbij and Raqqa. With detailed new artwork depicting the Kurds' range of armour and many previously unpublished photos, this is an original and fascinating look at modern improvised mechanized warfare.

Biographical Note

Ed Nash fought for the YPG in 2015/16, participating in a number of offensives against the so-called Islamic State. He has recounted his experiences in a memoir entitled Desert Sniper (Little, Brown, 2018). He has travelled through a number of other conflict zones, especially in south-east Asia. He holds a degree in History; and, he has published a number of articles on counter-insurgency, weapons technology, and military affairs more generally.Alaric Searle is Professor of Modern European History, School of Arts and Media, University of Salford. He is the author of several works on military history, including Armoured Warfare: A Military, Political and Global History (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017), and an edited collection of the military papers of Major-General J.F.C. Fuller, published by the Army Records Society (History Press, 2017). He is a frequent contributor to academic journals. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Visiting Professor at Nankai University, Tianjin, China.

Contents

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INTRODUCTION
THE ROLE OF ARMOURED FORCES IN SYRIA
ARMED GROUPS IN THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR
The YPG
YPJ
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)
IMPROVISED ARMOURED FIGHTING VEHICLES
AFV SOURCES: SYRIAN ARMY, ISIS AND COALITION SUPPLIED
Soviet Armour
BRDM-2 Scout Vehicles
Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs)
M1117 Armoured Security Vehicle
The US Army Humvee
Other US-Supplied Wheeled Vehicles
'TECHNICALS'
12.7mm Heavy Machine Guns
14.5mm KPV
23mm Cannon
57mm Recoilless Rifles and Multiple Rocket Launchers
UNIT STRUCTURE AND TACTICS
THE YPG
SDF WAR AGAINST ISIS
CONCLUSION
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX


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