By Barrie G. James
Throughout the spring of 1941, on an remoted, indefensible airfield fifty five miles from Baghdad a gaggle of poorly armed and outnumbered RAF airman built with out of date plane, including a couple of squaddies, outfought the a lot greater and higher outfitted Iraqi forces who have been aided via the Germans and Italians. The engagement may end up to be the 1st genuine defeat of the Germans in international struggle Two.
After an heroic defence, the airfield used to be ultimately relieved by means of a rapidly assembled column of vans, taxis, buses and antiquated armoured vehicles sporting infantry and Bedouins. The column had fought its manner throughout a 500 mile barren, unmapped barren region enduring temperatures impending fifty levels C to arrive the airfield. In a big video game of bluff below fifteen hundred squaddies supported via the RAF of their out of date plane opposed to odds of twenty to 1 went directly to take Baghdad. They foiled a coup, lower back a King to his throne and destroyed Axis aspirations within the center East.
This booklet is predicated at the study right into a wide selection of legit, educational and public assets. It makes use of mentioned American, British, German, Italian and Iraqi discussion to supply this impressive account of a thirty day battle 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.