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The Iran-Iraq War: A Military and Strategic History

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The Iran-Iraq War is one of the largest, yet least documented conflicts in the history of the Middle East. Drawing from an extensive cache of captured Iraqi government records, this book is the first comprehensive military and strategic account of the war through the lens of the Iraqi regime and its senior military commanders. It explores the rationale and decision-making ...more
Hardcover, 412 pages
Published November 7th 2014 by Cambridge University Press (first published July 30th 2014)
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Hadrian
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, nonfiction, war
This is a detailed treatment of a war which is too often overlooked by Western pundits and commentators. In examining the consequences of this, the longest 'conventional war' in the 20th century, one can find almost direct links to the current turmoil in the region, including the rise of DAESH.

The distinctive feature of this volume is its extensive use of translated documents taken after the fall of the Saddam Hussein regime in 2003. There are several hundred of them in the citations; they inclu
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Jonathan
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-east
A long and brutal struggle between two militaries that suffered from high levels of incompetence, the war between Iraq and Iran was marked with largely failed offenses, the use of human wave tactics by the Iranians, the widespread utilization of poison gas by the Iraqis, air and missile bombardments of cities by both sides, and mutually lackluster military leadership and staff work. This book has the advantage over previous works on this war because the authors were able to peruse secret state p ...more
Jonathan
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-east
A long and brutal struggle between two militaries that suffered from high levels of incompetence, the war between Iraq and Iran was marked with largely failed offenses, the use of human wave tactics by the Iranians, the widespread utilization of poison gas by the Iraqis, air and missile bombardments of cities by both sides, and mutually lackluster military leadership and staff work. This book has the advantage over previous works on this war because the authors were able to peruse secret state p ...more
Ali Tehrani
This book provides a military and strategic history of the Iran-Iraq War based on Iraqi records captured after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. The Iran-Iraq War has in many ways shaped my life and the life of my family, and so I'm deeply interested to know more about the war.

This book provides a broad overview of the War, but at the same time often delves into a greater level of detail that I need to know. In fairness, the book is titled "A Military and Strategic History," and true to its ti
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Joe Collins
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book that covers the military aspects of the Iran-Iraq War, most as seen by the Iraqis as it relies heavily on captured Iraqi after the collapse of their government to US forces in 2003. Each chapter covers a specific time frame and covers all of the aspects of the military operations for that period of time. It does cover some of the political aspects, but not that heavily.
Daniel
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
nice that an author covered a War from the Strategic and Operational level of conflict. Two nations slugged it out over 8 years, Iran thought religious zeal and revolutionary fervor could replace sound tactics and strategy, from alienating the west which limited the ability to import arms and repair parts to refusing to make soldiers shave limiting the effectiveness of gas masks. For his part, Saddam Hussein did everything he could to cost hi nation the war, a great example of another dictator w ...more
Warren Blore
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
A stunning description of incompetence in war and intelligence - neither side showing any awareness of the other's capabilities or intentions even. Granted the book is written from rescued Iraqi archives and not Iranian ones but the prisoner transcripts and defector memoirs paint a damning picture.
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