Iraq has been a thorn in Britain’s side since 1914, when “Mesopotamia” was a Turkish possession. The British captured Basra at the beginning of World War One in order to secure oil supplies for the Admiralty and we have been ‘policing’/re-arming/invading/re-occupying the country ever since…This book tells the story of the air wars and various air forces that have been seen in the skies over Iraq since World War One to the present day. Contents include: Mesopotamia in World War I; Armoured ‘Policing’ between the wars; Habbaniya – the RAF’s HQ in Iraq, 1937; The Persian connection; The Iraqi Air Force – post-war re-equipment; War with Israel, 1967; Iran-Iraq War 1980 – 1988; Kuwait and Desert Storm; Desert Fox; Operation Iraqi Freedom; The ‘New’ Iraq Air Force 2004. This work illustrates many different aircrafts that have been deployed, including: Bristol Scout; RE8 ‘Harry Tate’; De Haviland 4 bomber; Westland Wapiti; Airspeed Oxford; Hawker Audax; Vickers Wellington; Bristol Bombay; Axro Anson; Breuget Bre.1 4 & 19; Tiger Moth; Vickers Vincent; Hakwer Hunter; DeHaviland Vampire; Tupolev Tu-16; Mil M-4 and Mi-24; Dassault Super Etendard; Sukhoi Su-7; MiG-21 and 23; RAF Tornado; USAF F-15; Dessault Mirage; MiG 29 Interceptor; F-117 Night Hawk; RAF Sepecat Jaguar; Grumman Prowler; U2 Spyplane; Boeing B-52 long-range bomber; and Bell UH-1H helicopter.
HOW HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF Air Wars Over Iraq Since 1914
Britain’s troubled involvement with Iraq long predates the 2003 war and occupation. This book tells the story of air operations over the country from the Great War in 1914 until 2004.