The Iran-Iraq War - Volume 3

The Forgotten Fronts

Tom Cooper, E.R. Hooton, Farzin Nadimi

Publication date:
December 2017
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Middle East@War
Illustration :
120 photos, 15 artworks, 5-6 maps & 4-5 diags
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ISBN : 9781911512448

Dimensions : 297 X 210 mm
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• Covers one of the 20th centuries bloodiest conflicts
• Researched from a wide array of sources including Iranian and Iraqi materials
• Fully-illustrated with photographs and colour artworks and maps

The Iran-Iraq War was one of the bloodiest conflicts of the 20th Century and accidentally created the current nightmare of Islamic fundamentalist terrorism. There have been many books on the conflict but this is the first detailed military history using materials from both sides, as well as materials obtained from US Intelligence circles and British Governmental archives. It provides a unique insight into a war which began through miscalculation and rapidly escalated into the longest conventional conflict in the post-Second World War era. Part 4 in this mini-series coversthe warfare between Iran and Iraq on the Central and Northern Fronts. Difficult terrain made it problematic for either side to assemble overwhelming superiority. Following initial Iraqi attacks that seized some territory, the Iranians began gradually nibbling back until achieving some success in the centre, in 1982. Subsequently, the Central Front saw only minor conventional battles until Iraq launched several major blows in 1988. In the north, fighting primarily revolved around several Kurdish insurgencies in northern Iraq, and culminated in the horror of the Halabcheh gas attack. The final campaign of the war saw Iraq-supported Iranian émigrés launching a spectacular, but also a swiftly-crushed, invasion of their homeland.


As per my previous reviews of Volumes 1 and 2, this is an excellent series, desccribing primarily at operational level the actions in this severely attritional conflict. Full-colour maps, and superb colour and black and white photographs, combine with a good writing style and a balanced profile of military and political activities.
Miniature Wargames - Chris Jarvis