- Syria and Lebanon 1941: The Allied Fight Against the Vichy French
Syria and Lebanon 1941: The Allied Fight Against the Vichy French
A detailed study of the Syrian and Lebanon campaign of the Second World War.
In June 1941, Australian, British, Indian and Free French forces invaded the Vichy French-controlled mandate of Syria and Lebanon. They faced an enemy that had more artillery, tanks and aircraft. They fought in rocky, mountainous terrain, through barren valleys and across swollen rivers, and soon after the initial advance faced a powerful Vichy French counter-attack on key strategic positions. Despite these difficulties, the Allies prevailed, and in doing so ensured that the territory did not fall into German or pro-German hands, and thus provide a springboard from which Axis forces could attack British oil interests in Iraq, the key territory of Palestine or the Suez Canal.
Written by Australian War Memorial historian, David Sutton, this book examines the high-level military and political strategy that lay behind the campaign, as well as the experiences and hardships as endured by the men on the ground. The battles in Syria and Lebanon were complex actions, often at the battalion level or below, and this work uses extensive war diaries and available records to make sense of the actions and examine how they affected the wider campaign.
Details: Non-fiction, published 2022.
Format: Soft cover, illustrations (photographs, maps), 96 pages.
Dimensions: 24.7 cm (h) x 18.5 cm (w) x 0.8 cm (d) / 310 grams.