Iraq 1941

The battles for Basra, Habbaniya, Fallujah and Baghdad

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Iraq 1941

The battles for Basra, Habbaniya, Fallujah and Baghdad

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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 (1939-1945). 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.

Table of Contents

Origins of the Campaign: British colonial rule in Iraq and oil/Chronology/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/Conclusion/Bibliography/Index

Product details

Published Feb 28 2006
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781841769912
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 70 b/w
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 165
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Robert Lyman

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Howard Gerrard

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