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This dynamic history is the first to construct a total picture of the experience and impact of World War II in Iran and Iraq. Contending that these two countries were more important to the Allied forces’ war operations than has ever been acknowledged, historian Ashley Jackson investigates the grand strategy of the Allies and their operations in the region and the continuin This dynamic history is the first to construct a total picture of the experience and impact of World War II in Iran and Iraq. Contending that these two countries were more important to the Allied forces’ war operations than has ever been acknowledged, historian Ashley Jackson investigates the grand strategy of the Allies and their operations in the region and the continuing legacy of Western intervention in the Middle East. Iran and Iraq served as the first WWII theatre in which the U.S., the U.K., and the U.S.S.R. fought alongside each other. Jackson charts the intense Allied military activity in Iran and Iraq and reveals how deeply the war impacted common people’s lives. He also provides revelations about the true nature of Anglo-American relations in the region, the beginnings of the Cold War, and the continuing corrosive legacy of Western influence in these lands


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This dynamic history is the first to construct a total picture of the experience and impact of World War II in Iran and Iraq. Contending that these two countries were more important to the Allied forces’ war operations than has ever been acknowledged, historian Ashley Jackson investigates the grand strategy of the Allies and their operations in the region and the continuin This dynamic history is the first to construct a total picture of the experience and impact of World War II in Iran and Iraq. Contending that these two countries were more important to the Allied forces’ war operations than has ever been acknowledged, historian Ashley Jackson investigates the grand strategy of the Allies and their operations in the region and the continuing legacy of Western intervention in the Middle East. Iran and Iraq served as the first WWII theatre in which the U.S., the U.K., and the U.S.S.R. fought alongside each other. Jackson charts the intense Allied military activity in Iran and Iraq and reveals how deeply the war impacted common people’s lives. He also provides revelations about the true nature of Anglo-American relations in the region, the beginnings of the Cold War, and the continuing corrosive legacy of Western influence in these lands

44 review for Persian Gulf Command: A History of the Second World War in Iran and Iraq

  1. 4 out of 5

    James Crabtree

    During the Second World War the British were fighting for their very survival, and as a result all the resources of the Empire were brought to bear. The British Empire was particularly keen on holding on to Persian Gulf oil. Although only a footnote at best in most histories, this forgotten front saw intrigue, daring bluffs on the part of the British and strategic overeach on the part of the Axis. With manpower requirements running high, the last thing the British wanted to do was to get into a w During the Second World War the British were fighting for their very survival, and as a result all the resources of the Empire were brought to bear. The British Empire was particularly keen on holding on to Persian Gulf oil. Although only a footnote at best in most histories, this forgotten front saw intrigue, daring bluffs on the part of the British and strategic overeach on the part of the Axis. With manpower requirements running high, the last thing the British wanted to do was to get into a war in Iraq, but when a coup was staged that briefly brought in a pro-Axis government the British had no choice but to act decisively. Troops from India, armored vehicles from Palestine and RAF aircraft from North Africa rapidly took on the military clique known as the Golden Square and defeated them and the small contingent of Luftwaffe aircraft sent in to help them. Britain had watched the USSR, anticipating a new front which would see the Soviets invading Iran and possibly Iraq at the behest of their Axis ally. That all turned around after Hitler launched his invasion of the USSR and as a result the Soviets and the British jointly invaded the country in order to open a supply line for the Red Army from the Persian Gulf to the Caucasus... and for the first time the United States became involved in the Middle East in a big way. This book tells the whole story of the region during WWII and the steps taken to defeat the wavering countries of Iraq and Iran and to provide war material to the Soviets... not to mention how the Polish victims of Stalin's 1939 invasion were freed in Iran and allowed to fight on the side of the Western Allies. Not just are the politics of the war discussed but also the impact that it had on the British, Soviet, American and Polish soldiers who came there... not to mention the difficulties that Allied occupation brought on the Arabs and Persians who lived there. Well-written; includes a map and many excellent black-and-white photographs.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chris Miller

    This is a magnificent entry into the World War II bibliography. His research is extensive and his writing is immensley readable. He puts an area that is often treated as a backwater into the central position it was until 1943. He makes his case that Egypt and El Alamein were the edge battles that protected the resource rich center of Iraq and Iran. He also addresses the relationships, not only between the allies, but also the governments and citizens of the 'occupied' countries. Of course, this This is a magnificent entry into the World War II bibliography. His research is extensive and his writing is immensley readable. He puts an area that is often treated as a backwater into the central position it was until 1943. He makes his case that Egypt and El Alamein were the edge battles that protected the resource rich center of Iraq and Iran. He also addresses the relationships, not only between the allies, but also the governments and citizens of the 'occupied' countries. Of course, this leads to how things became as they are, and points out opportunities missed. Mr. Jackson has created a great work. The only negative comment I have for the book is editorial. This is a $30 book. Why was it not made a $35 or $40 book with the addition of a number of maps. For a work of this detail and scope, maps were sorely needed, and the three included (counting the cover), just don't do the job. National Geographic's Lands of the Bible Today, helps, but is cumbersome and time consuming.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Griffiths

    This is an important effort to further expand our understanding of the Second World War to incorporate an important theatre of the conflict that often only appears as a meeting place between the big three as opposed to the actual role it played of being a vital supply line for the Soviet Union on the Eastern Front. The book is clearly well researched, and its author passionate about the topic. I think the writing struggles a bit in as much as it doesn't flow effortlessly although writing about a This is an important effort to further expand our understanding of the Second World War to incorporate an important theatre of the conflict that often only appears as a meeting place between the big three as opposed to the actual role it played of being a vital supply line for the Soviet Union on the Eastern Front. The book is clearly well researched, and its author passionate about the topic. I think the writing struggles a bit in as much as it doesn't flow effortlessly although writing about a prolonged exercise in managing the logistics of a campaign would perhaps tax the skills of the best of writers.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gabriel Stein

    Very interesting And excellent and well informed, as well as well written, study of World War II in a crucial theatre of operations. The Iraqi-Iran area was no less important for being almost devoid of serious fighting. This book fills a gap in the history of World War II.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Greynomad

    Incredible history of the conflict in the middle east

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Boiko

    Anglo-Iraq War 1941 and Anglo-Soviet Invasion of Iran 1941.

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