By Barrie G. James

Through the spring of 1941, on an remoted, indefensible airfield fifty five miles from Baghdad a bunch of poorly armed and outnumbered RAF airman built with out of date airplane, including a couple of squaddies, outfought the a lot higher and higher built Iraqi forces who have been aided via the Germans and Italians. The engagement could turn out to be the 1st genuine defeat of the Germans in international warfare Two.

After an heroic defence, the airfield used to be eventually relieved through a rapidly assembled column of vans, taxis, buses and antiquated armoured automobiles wearing infantry and Bedouins. The column had fought its approach throughout a 500 mile barren, unmapped wasteland enduring temperatures drawing close fifty levels C to arrive the airfield. In a big video game of bluff below fifteen hundred infantrymen supported through the RAF of their out of date plane opposed to odds of twenty to at least one went directly to take Baghdad. They foiled a coup, back a King to his throne and destroyed Axis aspirations within the heart East.

This booklet is predicated at the examine right into a wide variety of legit, educational and public resources. It makes use of suggested American, British, German, Italian and Iraqi discussion to provide this notable account of a thirty day warfare in Iraq in 1941, the way it performed out and the way it set the scene for Iraq's turbulent destiny which has come to hang-out the West.

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