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 With detailed new artwork depicting the Kurds' range of armour and many previously unpublished photos, this is an original and fascinating look at modern improvised mechanized warfare.
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Table of Contents
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 The Syrian Democratic Forces IMPROVISED ARMOURED FIGHTING VEHICLES Improvised tanks Improvised armoured cars Improvised armoured support vehicles Improvised armoured personnel carriers AFV SOURCES: SYRIAN ARMY, ISIS AND COALITION SUPPLIED Soviet armour BRDM-2 scout vehicles Armoured personnel carriers 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 Initial ISIS attacks (2013–14) The battle of Kobanê (15 September 2014–26 January 2015) The al-Hasakah offensives (21 February–17 March 2015 and 6 May–31 May 2015) The Tell Abyad offensive (31 May–10 July 2015) The battle of Sarrin (18 June–27 July 2015) The battle of al-Hasakah (23 June–1 August 2015) The al-Hawl offensive (31 October–30 November 2015) Tishrin Dam (23–30 December 2015) The al-Shaddadi offensive (16–24 February 2016) The Manbij offensive (31 May–21 August 2016) The Raqqa campaign (6 November 2016–20 October 2017) Setbacks and victory over ISIS (2017–19) CONCLUSION BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX
16 Sep 2021
Illustrated throughout with 40 photos and 8pp of colour illustrations