Iraq 1941, by Cliff Lloyd

Iraq 1941, by Cliff Lloyd

Published by History & Latte in 2018, 130 pages. Paperback (N7381X2)

In May 1941, anticipating Britains defeat in the Second World War, the Iraqi government led by the arab nationalist Rashid Ali sought to remove the British presence in Iraq by sieging the RAF base at Habbaniya. This book details the immeadiate RAF response and the campaign undertaken by British forces to secure the country, which at that time was a key landbridge between Egypt and India.

From the rear side cover: In May 1941 as Hitler's defeat of Great Britain seemed inevitable, the Iraqi government ordered its army to march on the RAF training base at Habbaniya, 60 miles west of Baghdad, intent on removing the British presence in Iraq once and for all. Facing them was a motley collection of obsolete aircraft and untrained crews, 380 men of IKORR, and RAF armoured car unit and eight companies of Royal Air Force levies. The odds were stacked against them but could they hold the base until relief forces from Palestine and Basra reached them? And could the British crush the revolt and secure their oil supplies in the Middle East?

The condition of the book is generally very good. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs but is clean and tidy, the spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.