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Blood, Oil, and the Axis: The Allied Resistance Against a Fascist State in Iraq and the Levant, 1941

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In spring 1941, with the Allies on their heels on all fronts of WWII, a pro-German faction of Iraqi officers offered that country’s vast oil supply to Hitler in exchange for helping it take over Iraq. That oil supply was sufficient to provide for all the needs of the seemingly unstoppable Axis war machine. On top of that, the Vichy French overlords of neighboring Syria agr ...more
Hardcover, 365 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Abrams Press
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munkchip
This book is more about men and battles than the politics of the greater war; it provides a fascinating portrayal of the time and place, but largely neglects the behind-the-scenes aspects of the war. However, it was a good enough, and documented enough, book of the war on the ground and in the air. The attention to divided populations was the most interesting aspect; when we simplify the history of WWII to Allies and Axis, it is forgotten that Free French fought Vichy French forces, as well as t ...more
Zeb Kantrowitz
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Once the Axis had conquered most of Europe including Greece and Crete, and in North Africa was approaching the Suez Canal, Nazi eyes turned towards the oil fields in Iraq and Iran. With control of the Levant, the Nazis could attack the Canal from both sides, and up into Russia to capture the Caspian Sea oil fields.

The Vichy French refused to give the British or Free French access to Iraq, and they would fight to keep it. Here it gets very confusing, on the Axis side is the Vichy French, Luftwaff
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Mark Levandoski
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting blend of the telling of the strategic and personal stories related to the mid-east conflict early WW2. You will have a familiarity with most locations as they are prominent in current activities of history.
Mike Kershaw
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Interesting because it covers a portion of World War II known to few. Over reliant on secondary sources however so if you've read Slim or Masters, you'll be familiar with much of the story. ...more
Randall Harrison
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-east, ww-ii
This a very detailed, informative, interesting story about a thin slice of WW II history that is probably not familiar to many. I knew the general outline of this theater of operations in WW II, mostly through reading about ANZAC and Indian army activities during the war. Broich fills in the details with an easy-to-read narrative that focuses on a number of minor actors in the larger campaign. That style worked well for me, telling the big picture through the details of individual actors and mil ...more
Stephen Robinson
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Blood, Oil and the Axis: The Allied Resistance Against a Fascist State in Iraq and the Levant, 1941 by John Broich is a superior account of the pro-Axis coup in Iraq and the subsequent Anglo-Iraqi War in May 1941. While other histories tend to focus on the rebellion solely within Iraq and the British Commonwealth counter-offensive, Broich explains the coup in its wider geopolitical regional context involving Nazi Germany's designs on the Levant, Fascist Italy's colonial ambitions and how the Vic ...more
Mike
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was interesting on several levels. It portrayed a part of World War II that most people are probably unfamiliar with. As an American, most of the books that I have read focus on events after 1941. Few, other than books about the Battle of Britain, focus on events prior to America's entry into the war. Even fewer concentrate on the smaller 'backwater' theaters of the war. I was surprised to find that the Iraqi government supported the Nazis. This book provides a refreshing ...more
Dale
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a great book. Well researched and written it focuses on British actions in the levant. Fighting the Italians, Vichy French and the Iraqis the a cast of characters shows the power of the British and colonial Armies of WWII.
Joe Smith
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are some interesting portions of this book, especially re British military activities in Iraq & the Levant early in WW2. But overall, not a great book. Worth a read if you're a WW2 buff like me. ...more
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It was ok not great but ok
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