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The Iran-Iraq War - Volume 2 - Iran Strikes Back, June 1982 - December 1986 (Middle East @ War)

The Iran-Iraq War - Volume 2 - Iran Strikes Back, June 1982 - December 1986 (Middle East @ War)
Autor: E.R. Hooton, Farzin Nadimi, Tom Cooper
Data publikacji: 2016-11
ISBN: 9781911096573
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 21 x 29.8 x 29.8 cm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 120
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Volume 2 takes up the account after Iraq withdrew from Khuzestan and is based upon material from both sides, from US Intelligence data, British Government documents and secret Iraqi files. Iraq s withdrawal exposed the great southern city of Basra to Iranian attack but it was shielded by fortifications based upon a huge anti-tank ditch, the so-called Fish Lake, which the Iranians tried to storm in the summer of 1982. This bloody failure left Tehran in a position where prestige prevented a withdrawal into Iran but the armed forces lacked the resources to bring the conflict to a favourable conclusion. During the next four years the Iranians tried to outflank the Fish Lake defences initially through the marshes in the north and finally through an attack on the Fao Peninsula which increased national prestige but was a strategic failure and paved the way for Iraq s massive victories in 1988. This followed a series of successful defensive battles in which the Iranians were driven back with great loss. This account describes the battles in greater detail than before and, by examining them, provides unique insights and ends many of the myths which are repeated in many other accounts of this conflict.


About the Author

E.R. Hooton is a successful retired defence journalist, including acting as a Jane s Yearbook editor. He is the author of more than a dozen military history books ranging from the Balkans Wars 1912-13, air operations over the Western Front 1916-18, the breaking of the Hindenburg Line 1918, the Red Army 1937-41, air operations 1939-45 and the Communist Chinese victory of 1945-51.

Tom Cooper, from Austria, is a military-aviation journalist and historian. Following a career in a worldwide transportation business in which, during his extensive travels in Europe and the Middle East, he established excellent contacts he moved into writing. An earlier fascination with post-Second World War military aviation has narrowed to focus on smaller air forces and conflicts, about which he has collected extensive archives of material. Concentrating primarily on air warfare that has previously received scant attention, he specializes in investigative research on little-known African and Arab air forces, as well as the Iranian Air Force. Cooper has published 18 books including the unique Arab MiGs series, which examines the deployment and service history of major Arab air forces in conflicts with Israel as well as over 200 articles on related topics, providing a window into a number of previously unexamined yet fascinating conflicts and relevant developments.

Farzin Nadimi is a writer and researcher of the Middle Eastern and Persian Gulf defense and security affairs, with a focus on Iran-Iraq War military history, energy security and geopolitics, economic warfare, and oil and gas industries. He has a Master's degree in War Studies from King's College London and a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Manchester. He lives in Washington, DC.


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